Rachael Van Horn
Woodward, Okla. —
After a landslide decision by voters ensured the passage of a $29 million school bond issue for Woodward School District, leaders there hardly took the time to celebrate.
“Now the real work begins,” said Woodward Deputy Superintendent, Kyle Reynolds Tuesday evening while at a watch party hosted by Big Dan’s.
The measure was a split resolution. The number one proposition was for the overall construction and updating of the facilities and the number two proposition was for the transportation portion of the bond issue.
Proposition one carried, 956 to 237 and proposition two carried 976 to 224.
The issue, a bond that promises to provide safe rooms, secure all campuses, update transportation, provide room for a growing enrollment and bring the district in line with technology, was an optimistic endeavor, Merchant said.
But an endeavor for the benefit of the children of Woodward, he said.
“I want to add a huge thank you to the patrons of this community for caring about and loving the children of our community in such an overwhelming way,” Merchant said. “This is a huge commitment to the future of these children in giving them safety and security they deserve as well as the facilities and technological tools they need.”
Woodward school board member, Doris Ames attended the Tuesday night watch party and shot her fists in the air when the victory was announced.
“I’m overjoyed, overwhelmed, what words are there,” Ames said.
She said she looks forward to work beginning on all the projects at the beginning of the year.
“Well, now everything has to be certified and the money won’t be here till the first of the year,” Ames said. “Then we need to talk to the architect and Long Range Planning and get some final drawings.”
Ames said after those items are complete and projects are bid out, construction work can begin.
According to Reynolds, the work that is ahead will be ensuring the timeliness and quality that Woodward patrons voted for, is delivered for Woodward Schools.
“I am really proud and pleased that our community continues to be progressive in its support for our schools,” Reynolds said. “ I think the bottom line is that the Long Range Planning Committee did a tremendous job researching the needs of the district and finding ways to address these pressing issues without increasing the financial burden on our patrons.”