A trio of Garvin County area school elections is now just days away, including one in Lindsay.
Voters in the Lindsay district have the chance to head to their polls on Tuesday, Feb. 12 to decide the fate of a bond issue meant to address technology needs in the classroom and more buses.
If passed by 60 percent or more the issue of more than $1.5 million, split into a couple of propositions, is not expected to raise taxes for property owners in Lindsay’s school district.
“There’s no tax increases associated with this bond issue,” Superintendent Dan Chapman said.
“That’s what everyone wants to hear, and there is absolutely no tax increases with this.
“We’re doing what’s best for our students. That’s our challenge every day.”
The first proposition takes up most of the bond funding, more than $1 million, to address a few things, namely giving Lindsay students more access to tech.
“In education it’s going more and more to technology. This is the big one, and we’re hoping to improve the infrastructure for our technology in the schools,” Chapman said about the first part of the bond issue.
“With our schools built in the ‘50s and ‘60s providing for all our new technology needs is a struggle.
“With this we want to add additional Internet lines to every class. This would help every one of our students.”
This would also include circular pods used to connect each Chromebook laptop computer to the improved online access.
“We also want to get a Chromebook for every student in the near future, make it a one-on-one thing,” he said.
With this the idea is to go slow and do it in stages starting with maybe 200 or 300 laptops with more to come later.
Another part is what Chapman calls pilot classes.
“We’d start with a kind of trial run to educate me, my staff, our technology people. What we need to do is make sure this will work. We want to see how it works and learn from that.”
The last part of this first proposition is acquiring a new pickup truck for use by students in Lindsay's agriculture classes and a new driver’s education car.
The second part of the bond issue is targeting an upgrade to the school district’s fleet of buses.
There’s a total of $540,000 meant to purchase six buses over time.
“Basically what we’re doing is every three to four years try to pass a transportation bond so we can have good, safe buses for our students,” he said.
“We would purchase two buses every year for three years. It would keep the buses in good shape.”
Chapman gives credit to Doyle Greteman, former school superintendent in Lindsay, for getting the district into a plan for bond issues to go before voters every few years as a way to address school needs.
• In Paoli voters will decide the fate of a $300,000 bond issue during the Feb. 12 election.
Items included, which won’t raise property taxes if passed, are new textbooks for all Paoli students, the purchase of land for future school needs, a new passenger van, new technology and security doors for Paoli schools.
• In Maysville a couple of $110,000 propositions are meant to address buses, school vehicles, technology, textbooks for all local students and banquet tables and chairs for a multipurpose facility at the elementary school used for community gatherings.
There is no projected tax increase with the issue.
Early in-person absentee voting is 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Feb. 7-8 at the Garvin County Election Board in the county courthouse in Pauls Valley.