Bond receives 54 percent of the vote, but not a super majority

Last updated: August 27. 2014 9:50AM - 756 Views
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Rock Creek Public Schools’ first bond issue in several years was less than successful at the polls yesterday.

The bond election for Rock Creek Schools to fund the purchase of buses and other vehicles did not pass during an election held Tuesday.

It received 54.2 percent, 166 votes for it, compared to 45.8 percent, 140 votes opposed. Even though it received more than 50 percent of votes for it, bond elections require a 60-percent “super majority.”

If passed, the bond would have purchased new school buses and possibly a new Ag. truck and school vehicle for Rock Creek Schools.

Superintendent Preston Burns had previously stated that these vehicles would benefit all students in the school with updated transportation on daily bus routes, competitions and school events.

He said there is a tremendous need for the vehicles. Burns had stated that due to nationwide decreases in funding and rising prices of buses, it has become difficult for schools to purchase buses on their own.

Burns was in a meeting this morning and unavailable for comment on the issue.

In other elections, Connie Johnson won the Democratic primary against Jim Rogers for a U.S. Senate seat, however, a majority of Bryan County voters voted for Rogers where he received 61 percent with 518 ballots cast for him. Johnson received 331 votes.

Statewide, Johnson carried the election with 58 percent of the votes. She will face Republican U.S. Rep. James Lankford in the Nov. 4 general election. The senate seat came open when GOP incumbent Tom Coburn said he would not complete a term set to expire in 2016.

John Cox won the Democratic primary for superintendent of public instruction statewide and also in Bryan County where he received 74.7 percent of the 668 ballots cast for him compared to 226 votes, 25.3 percent, for Freda Deskin. Statewide, Cox received 62.9 percent of the votes.

Cox will face Republican Joy Hofmeister, who defeated incumbent Janet Barresi in the June primary.

Election returns will not be official until certified at 5 p.m. Friday.

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