Rock Creek Public Schools has a bond up for election for the first time in several years. The proposed $350,000 bond will be used for transportation such as buses, and Ag. truck and a school vehicle.
Rock Creek Superintendent Preston Burns said he cannot remember the last time a bond was passed for the school but believes it was during the time that the school was still named Bokchito Public Schools.
He said he hopes to get at three new buses which can be used for school routes and activities.
“Our fleet is getting really old,” said Burns. He said the entire school of approximately 500 children will benefit from the new buses.
Burns said that school budgets across the country have been getting tighter and tighter over the past several years and buses are an increasingly expensive purchase.
He said this means the school simply has not been able to buy new buses for a long time. Burns said if the school could possibly purchase the buses without a bond, it would.
He said the buses that will be replaced will be kept as backup.
He said the Ag. truck and school vehicle also need to be replaced. The Ag. truck is used for transporting students, animals and equipment to agriculture and FFA competitions and events.
The school vehicle is used for transporting teachers and staff to out of town meetings, conferences and training as well as transporting small groups of students to events when a bus is not warranted.
“There’s just a tremendous need here,” said Burns. He said the bond was brought forward in May and the school has been trying to make people aware of the need since.
By Burns’ estimates, the tax increase will be an approximate 63 cents for every $100 a person paid in property taxes last year.
Polls will be open Tuesday, Aug. 26 to vote on the bond issue. Democrats will also be voting for John Cox or Freda Deskin for state superintendent of public education, and also Connie Johnson or Jim Rogers for United States senator.
Early voting began Thursday and continues until 6 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.