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December 22, 2011

School projects get some fine tuning

Pauls Valley, Oklahoma — Pauls Valley school officials are continuing to fine tune the details for the projects included in another no-tax increase bond issue expected to go before local voters next spring.

Superintendent Darsha Huckabaa said this week all the projects for the upcoming election remain in place. However, work has been ongoing for weeks now to tweak the projects a bit so they better fit into a more affordable price range.

“We’re moving forward with all of that,” Huckabaa said. “The board is looking at those projects and all the costs.

“The board will probably vote next month to move forward with the bond issue.”

What Huckabaa and school board members are looking to do at that January meeting is finalize the issue that includes such projects as a complete renovation of the junior high auditorium, which has remained empty and unused for many years, a renovation and expansion of the football fieldhouse, various upgrades to the Wacker Park gym and the acquisition of four or five new school buses.

According to the superintendent, the auditorium at the junior high will seat 400 to 450 people when renovated.

As for the fieldhouse, plans are to give it a complete make-over.

“It will be a total renovation of the fieldhouse with an expansion to the front of the building,” Huckabaa said.

Planned improvements to the Wacker Park gym include a new roof and windows, along with some much needed attention to the dressing areas.

“There won’t really be anything done to the gym area, but the dressing rooms will be completely renovated.”

The gym would also be made more handicap accessible.

The board is considering going with a 10-year bond series, which if approved by voters is estimated will provide around $4.4 million in funding.

Much like a local bond election earlier this year, this one planned for April 3, 2012 will also feature no increases in property taxes for landowners in the Pauls Valley School District.

Most of the projects from the last bond issue are complete. However, school officials got an early holiday gift when a new school activity bus, complete with the red and black of the Pauls Valley Panthers, arrived this week.

Work is also now underway to place new windows on the second floor of the west side building at PV’s junior high. Plans are to complete a series of renovations inside the same building next summer.

A new driveway for buses at Lee Elementary, also part of last spring’s bond issue, is expected to be used for the first time on Jan. 4 when classes start back up after the holiday break.

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