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Copyright 2006 -- Collinsville, Oklahoma

Collinsville, Oklahoma
Jan. 17, 2006
Collinsville Education Foundation
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School Bond Information Presented
Pat Herald presented information to the Collinsville Education Foundation trustees at their meeting Tuesday in the Library.
Vote February 14th, 2006

The Collinsville School District proposes to issue $5,510,000 in bonds to fund the following project phases for:

  • A New Early Childhood Center
  • An 8 Lane Track at the High School
  • New Band Instruments and Uniforms
  • Equipment and Furniture and Fixtures
$240,000 Phase 1
$620,000 Phase 2
$500,000 Phase 3
$150,000 Phase 4
$1,900,000 Phase 5
$2,100,000 Completion Phase

Collinsville Superintendent of School Pat Herald told the Education Foundation that several options for growing and maintaining the school district had been considered, but state mandated all-day kindergarten by 2010 was the driving factor in this bond plan. Collinsville started an all-day kindergarten program at the beginning of this school year but there were simply not enough classrooms on the Wilson Elementary campus to allow all the children wanting into the program to participate. Initial planning to build more classrooms at Wilson were dropped as practically all existing playground area would have been eliminated. The current plan has 18 new classrooms, a commons and offices being added just north of Herald Elementary (and south of the Sportsplex). This facility would house the kindergarten students and early childhood students. This would free up classrooms at Wilson be a significant facilities improvement from the current ECC at a former church at 10th & Oak.

Another planned improvements in the bond issue is an 8-lane athletic track to be build north west of the high school on property purchased in the previous bond issue. Collinsville schools have never had a track facility and it would be a hugh boost to the track programs at all grade levels here. The track would also be available for public use when not in use for school activities.

New band uniforms and instuments are also in the plan. Some Vision 2025 funds are still anticipated to help with the instruments.

A 60% approval is required for school bond votes so get out and vote Feb. 14th (Valentines Day) to help our schools improve and stay ahead of Collinsville growth. -- Ted Wright

In the regular business portion of the CEF meeting the following topics were discussed:

  • June 8, 2006 has been set for the 9th annual CEF Golf Tournament (with a 10am shotgun start at Bailey Ranch in Owasso). This is the major fund raising activity for the year with revised numbers for the 2005 tourney now set at $12, 485 net with a supplemental contribution from the Collinsville Masonic Lodge.
  • A date has not yet been set for the 2006 CEF Fun Run/Walk but it will likely be after the start of school this year instead of a summer activity.
  • New members are encouraged to help support this organization that has given over $70,000 in grants to supplement education in Collinsville.
  • Thank you notes and letters continue to come in from teachers and students receiving grants this school year