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October 30, 2013

Voters in Ringwood to decide school construction bond question Nov. 12

— Voters in the Ringwood Public Schools district will take to the polls Nov. 12 to decide on a $995,000 construction bond question.

Ringwood Superintendent Wade Detrick said projects the school district has pushed to the back now need to be addressed. These include replacing the roof and flooring in the high school and junior high building, updating the school cafeteria, replacing HVAC equipment and upgrading books, materials and accessories for school libraries.

The bond initiative is predicted to cause no increase in taxes, Detrick said.

John Regier, president of Ringwood Board of Education, said the result of putting off needed repairs and upgrades is now the school district has projects that simply must be done.

“There is just not enough money to do everything,” Regier said. “We need to catch up.”

Detrick said a school compliance review done by the Oklahoma Office of Educational Quality & Accountability dinged the school’s libraries.

“They thought a lot of books and programs were out of date and there were not enough books for the kids to choose from,” Detrick said.

Other improvements include installing a covered walkway to connect the elementary building to the junior high and high school cafeteria and a handicapped ramp on the playground.

Lighting improvements, started earlier, need to be completed, Regier said.

“They’ve changed the standards,” Regier said. “We can no longer use those old florescent lights. We’ve been changing them out.”

That’s been going on about a year, Detrick said.

Also on the to-do list is a remodel of an existing bus barn into a new ag classroom and shop.

“We think that will give our taxpayers a good return on their money,” Regier said.

Voters who’d like to come see the facilities and learn more about the needs of the school district can come to a public forum and tour slated for 6 p.m. Nov. 7, Detrick said.

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