Indianola’s school bond proposal passed overwhelmingly Tuesday night, clearing the way for a new gymnasium along with a safe room to protect students.

With all precincts reporting, 185 voters approved the $3.6 million school bond proposal while 68 voted no. The measure passed with 73 percent voter approval.

“We are very grateful for the support,” said Mark Baumann, superintendent of Indianola Public Schools. “We are trying to do something for our children and students.

“It means something to our kids — it shows that we are supportive of them and that the community is there for our kids,” Baumann said. “We hope it translates into greater success academically and athletically.”

Voters in the Indianola School District overwhelmingly approved a the school bond Tuesday night to help fund a new gymnasium and safe room to protect students from tornadoes and other public safety threats.

In Haileyville, voters re-elected incumbent Mayor Monica Johnston. Johnston steamrolled her opponents with 76 percent of the vote. Johnston received 110 votes compared to Loy Maddox, who received 19 votes and Danny Karr, who received 15 votes.

“We are excited about it,” Johnston said. “We are overwhelmed. We doubled our votes from the last election. It’s the people who put us here and I’m going to continue to serve them.”

Also in Haileyville Police Chief David Johnston handily won re-election with 127 votes to Tracey Barker’s 18. David Johnston received 88 percent of the vote. 

Other election results include: 

In Hartshorne, incumbent Mayor Mark Day lost to Caleb Woten. Woten received 195 votes to Day’s 147 votes. 

 With veteran Hartshorne Police Chief Jimmy Don Wilson not seeking re-election, the race for his successor was too close to call. At press time Joshua Brillo had a one-vote lead over fellow candidates Kris Bailey and Alvin Hendershot, but six provisional ballots were outstanding and were expected to be examined Friday. Also in Hartshorne, longtime Ward 2 Councilor Barney Rosso was defeated by John Grove. Grove received 22 votes while Rosso received 184 votes. In the Ward 2 race Leon Mace was victorious over Delbert Williams.

In McAlester, voters overwhelmingly approved a city request for permission to refinance a portion of the McAlester Public Works Authority’s Utility System 2002 Revenue Bonds in an amount not to exceed $13 million. City Manager Pete Stasiak said the city could save more than $900,000 on the interest payments alone, without extending the term of the debt.

In Kiowa, current Mayor Janelle Beaver was ousted by challenger Serena A. Johnston in the race for Board of Trustees Office No. 2. Johnston received 55 votes compared to Beaver’s 28. The mayor in Kiowa is elected by members of the town’s trustee board, who choose one of the board members to serve in the mayor’s post.

In Quinton four candidates are vying for three seats on the city’s Board of Trustees. Zane Gray, Rick Knell and Leonard Shafer were victorious. 

In Savanna Chad Graham beat Kelly Teal by a vote tally of 52 to 35.

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