Residents who reside in the Ponca City Public School District will vote on a $ 49.7 million bond bill on Tuesday, October 12. This seven-year bond package also includes an additional $ 10 million in CARES funds that will improve the district helping in the mitigation and spread of COVID-19.
The current levy on the Ponca City mills is 22 mills, the lowest among other school districts in Kay County. Adopting this bond issue will NOT increase taxes.
Because the district receives CARES and ESSR funds, it will be able to carry out many projects that would normally have been included in the bond election.
“By using CARES money to meet so many needs that are usually in a bond proposition, we have the opportunity of a lifetime to be able to impact the lives of generations of Wildcats with academics and cutting edge extras. -school facilities that would not have been possible, ”said Superintendent Shelley Arrott.
“This proposed package will benefit all sites and will be such a benefit to our school and our community, without increasing taxes. We are committed to keeping our factory taxes at $ 22 while keeping our current facilities up to date and renovating and building new facilities that will enrich the lives of our students. Our community and patrons have been so supportive of this plan that not only provides academic benefits for our students, but also economic benefits for Ponca City. It’s great to be a Ponca City Wildcat and to live and work in such an amazing community.
Adam Leaming, executive director of operations intern, said there were 16 bond projects included in this issue, as well as 15 additional CARES projects. “Every school site will experience an improvement,” he said. “This proposed bond package will have a profound impact on the daily lives of our students. From after-school programs to academics, this bond package will have a generational impact not only on every student in public schools in the city of Ponca, but will improve our community and region. There are almost 32 projects set to start and end over the next three years, and we are ready to go with the passage of this obligation.
The bond projects included in this election include:
• Anderson – Po-Hi – This building will be transformed into a state-of-the-art STEM space focused on college and career preparation. There will also be new HVAC systems, new flooring, new windows, becoming ADA compatible and moving advisors to the lower level with more office space. The renovation will allow for more rigorous and robust courses in robotics, 3D printing and design, computer science, engineering, digital electronics, aerospace and other STEM-related programs.
• Howell / MSB / Commons – This project will preserve the history, charm and beauty of the high school while making it clean, modern and fresh for students. The entire high school will undergo upgrades to plumbing, electrical and a more efficient space for administrators, teachers and students.
• Ponca City Public School Concert Hall – In 2018, the district opened a state-of-the-art concert hall for the instrumental and vocal music departments. This bond project will add three new classrooms and stage for the programs. By adding classrooms, the site will have the capacity to host major regional, regional and national instrumental and vocal music competitions. It would also finalize the concert hall vision that voters overwhelmingly approved in 2015.
• Liberty Elementary – Renovation and expansion of the main office, flooring in the cafeteria, new bleachers, replacement of classroom doors and expansion of the multimedia center / library
• Washington Elementary – New flooring in hallways, classrooms and work areas and new flooring in cafeteria and food service area
• Lincoln Elementary – Addition for the cafeteria with new windows and a service line, extending the hall and canopy for more waiting students, new flooring for the gymnasium and new finishes in each of the washrooms
• Union Elementary – New flooring in hallways and classrooms, new finishes in all washrooms, replacement of water fountains, addition of glass and bulletproof frames to all exterior doors and frames, replacement of upholstery of flooring in the cafeteria and new counters and finishes in the media center
• West Middle School – Finishing the entrance secure by adding a bullet-resistant glass and metal frame around the entrance
• East Middle School – The retaining wall and patio will be rebuilt and made safe and attractive as a drop-off point for eighth grade students
• Tennis Improvements – Right now, college and high school tennis students have to change in the city building that was built in the 1970s. Students train on the nine courts owned and maintained by the town of Ponca City. In order to host competitions, the district needs a space with 14 courts. Instead of building a new complex across the city, the district will partner with the city of Ponca City to add five new courts to the existing complex. PCPS will also replace obsolete facilities with a new space with changing rooms and providing coaches with a view of the entire complex.
• Multipurpose Indoor Space – This space will bring another transformative element to the high school campus. In inclement weather, which is often the case, sports teams overlap in the gym. A permanent indoor facility will allow smooth and efficient transitions between all sports teams. It will create a new outdoor football field with changing rooms, bathrooms and a concession stand, decorating fences along Fifth Street to match the campus, add an indoor track and a 30-foot ball net along from Fifth Street.
• Baseball Complex – The baseball field will be upgraded to 6A school standards with an eye-catching new look. A new driveway will be built off Fifth Street which will create ADA accessibility with an entire solid surface yard. The ticket office and the new roof terrace will also be built. New toilets and a new visitor cloakroom will also be added. The stadium will be consistent in appearance with the school.
• Softball Field – The bleachers on the softball field will have a new awning constructed. ADA accessibility will also be acquired with new ramps to the field and bleachers.
Anyone residing in the Ponca City Public School District has the right to vote in the October elections. Polling stations will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.