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Collinsville Chamber of Commerce
February 7, 2008
School Bond Information
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School Superintendent Pat Herald Described $8.9 Million Bond Issue Up For
March 4th Vote
The chorus department (which entertained briefly at the Chamber meet) would benefit from $58,000 for risers, sound system, lighting, etc.
2008 Chamber Officers
Pres: Susan Babbitt
VP: Don Hutchison
Billie Francis
Pres. Elect:
Cory Slagle
School Superintendent
Pat Herald
Chamber President
Susan Babbitt
A new 8 classroom addition is planned at Herald Elementary.
A new 7 classroom addition is planned at the high school. One room is double size and would be the computer testing room. A canopy would join the new "freshman center" with the main CHS buildings.
A new artificial field turf at Sallee Field is only a small portion of the total bond issue.
The proposed field turf (like the new turf at Skiatook, and many college & pro fields) would have a drainage system that passes through the field surface. The new turf would save ~$50,000 per year in field maintenance including mowing/water/sewer costs. The pre-bid estimates for the new turf are between $685,000 and $720,000 which is only about 7-8% of the total bond package. The new surface would be a hugh benefit to the CHS marching band program that currently practices on the rough surface & wet grass of the parking lot with very limited time on the main field. The soccer and elementary football programs and Wilson Elementary would also benefit.
The Collinsville School's $8.9 million dollar bond proposal to voted on March 4th, 2008 would not raise the current school millage rate. The transportation portion of the bond issue is required to be on a separate proposition on the ballot. The transportation portion totals ~$400,000 and would include 4 new 77 passenger buses and 2 vans plus a digital video security system on each. Current bus prices are about $81,000 each and are manufactured in Tulsa.
The third phase of the new track would add seating, pressbox, lights, equipment and storage and finally allow track meets. The first two phase of the track purchased the land and build the track surface.
The summary (at left) represents the state of the bond proposal at the December 2007 school board meeting. Some additions and numbers have since been refined.
Classrooms: Herald Elemantary classrooms now typically have 24-25 students with continued growth. The new classrooms would help get closer to the 21/classroom recommendation. The high school currently has 715-720 students in a space designed for closer to 500-600 students.
$300,000 for textbooks and technology would supplement the $57 per student textbook funding from the state which is much lower than actual textbook costs. Those supplemental cost had been coming from the general fund in the past.
Additional updated bond information is expected from the school by next week.
The Collinsville Chamber is promoting Collinsville businesses with a the bumper sticker shown at left. A database of services and items available for sale in Collinsville is being generated also.
There will be no guest speaker at the March 6th Chamber of Commerce meet as the members will share ideas for the coming year in a working session (at the Library at noon).