The Mustang School District will hold a $4.8 million bond election on Tuesday, Nov. 12 in hopes of improving several programs and facilities along with replacing old and worn buses.
The school board approved a resolution at their meeting on Monday evening to call for the election.
"We had a capital improvement committee get together to made recommendations on what we should use this bond proposal for," said Superintendent Sean McDaniel. "These are things that we believe are immediate needs in the district."
If the bond issue passes, money will go into an ROTC training and instructional center along with expansion of the FFA/Agricultural education barn and renovate the baseball and softball facilities.
New buses and playground equipment would be purchased and money would also help fund technology, district arts programs, District Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Initiative (STEM) programs and help with district-wide building maintenance.
The district will give voters two propositions with one totaling $4,050,000 for the capital improvements and another totaling $750,000, which would purchase six new route buses, two new handicap buses and two new operations vans.
Out of the $4,050,000 in the first proposition, $1.4 million would go towards ROTC training and instructional center.
"Right now, our ROTC capacity is 220 kids and this would increase that capacity to 300," McDaniel said.
If the bond issue passes, $150,000 will go towards building a second barn for the FFA program.
The high school baseball facility would see a major renovation for $1,325,000 of the bond issue. A new indoor hitting facility would be constructed and renovations and upgrades would be done to the existing facility.
School board member Mike Kessler asked why the committee considered a bond election in November.
"I feel that in the last bond election, these items got missed," said board member Chad Fulton. "Now we have the opportunity to address these things without affecting taxes or going above our millage rate."
Board member Jeff Landrith said he hoped to see more funds go towards the STEM program.
"I think we can do better on the STEM side," Landrith said.
He initially made a motion to revise the resolution to provide $225,000 to the program, rather than the $125,000 originally intended.
McDaniel said he feared Landrith’s request would bump the millage rate higher than what the school district promised the tax payers at 28 mills.
"With my math, that would bump the bond issue up to $4.925 million and I am afraid that would put us beyond 28 mills," McDaniel said.
McDaniel assured Landrith that there were other funds available to the STEM program and Landrith withdrew his motion and the board went on to approve the resolution.