Rachael Van Horn
Woodward, Okla. —
On Tuesday, Woodward School District voters will decide the fate of a $29 million bond issue.
If passed, the bond issue will upgrade the district's facilities with saferooms and security enhancements for every campus, according to Superintendent Tim Merchant.
The measure will also update the entire transportation system, as well as ease overcrowding and bring the district's technological ability into a similar standing as other Oklahoma schools, he said.
While the bond issue is one of the largest single financial endeavors the district has attempted, schools here, in most cases, are nearly 40 years old, out of code and outgrown by the number of students attending, said Deputy Superintendent, Kyle Reynolds.
Highland Park Elementary was built in 1968, Horace Mann was originally built in 1910, Cedar Heights in 1961, the middle school (originally the high school) was built in 1929 and Woodward High School was built in 1978, Reynolds said.
Passage of the bond issue will replace an expiring bond so it will not increase property taxes.
To pass, the issue must achieve a super majority of 60 percent approval.
According to Woodward resident Gordon Beckett the plans for upgrading Woodward schools are needed to help grow the community.
"For a little while, we lived in New Hampshire and our town had a bond issue and it carried because of the grandparents," Beckett said. "That is how we feel about this one. My wife and I do not have grandchildren in the school system but even though we don't, if we are going to promote Woodward as a place for people to move to and as a good place to raise kids and with the environment we want, we need to have an excellent school system."
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, according to Woodward County Election Board Secretary Carol Carrell.
According to Carrell, voters whose names are not found in the precinct registry, or a voter who disagrees with the information shown in the registry, may need to cast a provisional ballot.
A provisional ballot is sealed in a special envelope and counted after election day if the voter's information can be verified.
On July 1, 2011, the "Voter ID Law" was enacted, requiring that all voters produce a government issued form of identification to prove their identity before they will be allowed to vote.
"Your name on your proof of identity must match your name in the precinct registry," Carrell said.
Those who do not have their identification or whose information does not match will have to vote by provisional ballot.
Voters who wish to get through the line quicker should plan to vote mid-morning or mid-afternoon, Carrell said.
Early voting is also available on Monday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the election board office in the Woodward County Courthouse.
Pct. 101 - Woodward Regional Hospital, 1650 Main
Pct. 102 - Faith United Methodist Church, 1402 Texas
Pct 105 - Mooreland High School Gym.
Pct 201 - Woodward High School, 13th and Downs
Pct 202 - Woodward Senior Citizens Center, 420 Downs
Pct. 203 - Sharon Methodist Church
Pct. 301 - NWOSU Woodward Campus, 2007 34th St.
Pct. 302 - Highland Park Elementary, 28th and Highland
Pct. 304 - First Assembly of God Church activity building, 3906 Lakeview
Pct. 306 - High Plains Technology Center, 3921 34th St.