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MHS Student Parking lot and MHS Track
 
 
 Student parking lot, track get new surface in time for start of new year

The Mustang High School student parking lot got a facelift over the summer plus the addition of several more spaces. The MHS track, which was chipped and crumbling was also replaced, both thanks to the passage of the February 2016 bond issue.

The Parking Lot

 
 An aerial view of the MHS track and student parking lot before they were resurfaced over the summer of 2016.

The district was able to add a two-inch overlay to the deteriorated lot, plus extend the parking spaces to the south behind the stadium. The extension was the dream of MHS student Madison Morrow.

Every January, Mustang teams with Yukon and El Reno to hold the Listening Conference. Students have the opportunity to make a presentation on an issue or problem from the installation of traffic lights to bullying in front of the people who have the power to effect change. Local leaders such as school officials, law enforcement and state legislators attend.

In 2015, Morrow presented a proposal, including large diagrams, that provided ideas for expansion and stressed the need for repaving.

"At the time, my car sat low to the ground so I would always hit the pot holes and worried about my suspension," she said. "My best friend was in the marching band and they practice in the student parking lot in the summer. She tripped one day, tore open her knee and had to get stitches."

Morrow's presentation got the attention of Mustang administration. The district knew the parking lot was in need of an overlay, but was especially interested in Morrow's idea for expansion. Deputy Superintendent Charles Bradley and County Commissioner Dave Anderson approached her after the meeting. She was invited to present her ideas to the Long Range Planning Committee. The goal of the committee, made up of school officials and patrons of the district, is to identify the needs of the district for the next 10 years and how bond funds could be used to satisfy those needs.

Morrow's plan had the extension going all the way to Dowden to create another exit. Although the district was not able to extend the paving that far, the parking lot did receive the overlay and extending the lot created another 55 parking spaces.

Morrow, who graduated in May, is thrilled with the results.

"I think it's awesome," she said. "It feels great to leave a legacy behind even if no one knows it was me."

MHS Track

As part of the 2016 bond issue, the 12-year-old MHS track, which was a poly urethane mat was also replaced. The old track, installed in 2004, was failing, with holes and chips in the surface.

The new 13mm Plexitrac Accelerator was installed by Merritt Tennis and Track Systems, an Oklahoma company in business since 1979. The Plexitrac system is made with poly-resin binders. The surface comes with a five year guarantee with the possibility of an additional five year guarantee.

Installation of the new track was $202,880. Track covers have also been purchased for high traffic areas to protect the surface.

 
 
Bond 2016 Proposed Projects
 
 
Proposition 1
1. Provide for improvements to the Mustang Public Schools, to include, but not be limited to acquiring and installing technology services and equipment as well as Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) components as needed district-wide. - • See the video: Technology
$400,000
 
2. Provide for improvements to the Mustang Public Schools, to include, but not be limited to repairing or replacing HVAC, electrical and mechanical equipment as needed district-wide. See the video: • Heating and Airconditioning
$1,150,000
 
3.  Provide for improvements to the Mustang Public Schools, to include, but not be limited to acquiring land for the construction of future schools and/or district facilities in the south-central area of the district. See the video: • Paving and Land
$400,000
 
4.  Provide for improvements to the Mustang Public Schools, to include, but not be limited to textbooks, instructional materials, and/or equipment as needed district-wide. See the video: • Textbooks
$1,500,000
 
5.  Provide for improvements to the Mustang Public Schools, to include, but not be limited to repairing or resurfacing paving as needed district-wide. See the video: • Paving and Land
$600,000
 
Proposition 2
1. Purchase student transportation to include, but not be limited to passenger route buses and handicap buses. See the video: • Transportation 
$450,000
FAQs
FAQs

When is the election and where do I vote?

The bond election is Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Any registered voter can vote at their regular polling place. Don't forget to take a photo ID. Click here to see a list of polling places. Don't know which polling place is yours? Call the Canadian County Election Board at 405-422-2422.

Why is this bond issue important?

This bond issue would be used to offset costs from the General Fund and Building Fund for necessary items to maintain the progress in the district. The State of Oklahoma suffered a $611 million shortfall by the end of the last fiscal year. Legislators voted to hold education harmless, meaning school districts could expect the same funding as the year before. With Mustang Public Schools and other growing districts like us this still equates to a cut. More than 300 new students moved into the district over the summer and no new additional funds were included to educate them, transport them or provide for their textbooks and other needs. Since 2009, per pupil funding has gone down every year.

Experts at the state level have predicted Oklahoma will see another shortfall that could range from more than $600 million to $1 billion. District administrators have been told to brace for a cut. This bond issue would allow us to be good stewards and keep up with the maintenance and repair of our 13 school sites, continue our progress in increasing security and technology, purchase textbooks, and repair or replace buses. The bond issue will make a difference to every school site.

Larger, growing school districts typically use these types of maintenance bond issues to keep on target with progress and upkeep of facilities.

Can't the district cut spending enough to handle the bond issue items?

No. To makes the cuts necessary in this financial climate would require cutting programs that benefit our students and reducing personnel. We knew the state was experiencing shortfalls. In anticipation of this, the district put an efficiency plan into place last year and cut $1.4 million from spending. The majority of the general fund - around 90 percent - is tied up in salaries. Further cuts would mean larger class sizes and program cuts.

Tell me more about instructional materials and equipment.

The largest item on the proposed bond issue is for instructional materials and equipment. Mustang Schools spends as much as $900,000 annually of general fund dollars for new textbooks. The state allows $55 per textbook, but many cost as much as $125 each.

The state mandates textbook adoption cycles. The subjects are typically on a six-year rotation. English Language Arts textbooks for our student body are being purchased this year. Next year, the district will replace math books. With growth of 300 to more than 500 students a year, MPS also has to purchase the additional textbooks across all grade levels for all subjects for new students. The $1.4 million request on the bond issue will make a significant difference in the district's ability to provide enough textbooks to meet student needs.

Why is technology equipment on the bond issue?

Mustang Public Schools has been increasing security across the district with card readers, cameras and more. Without this bond issue, the district will fall behind in our security as well as in providing the technology infrastructure we need to give our students every available opportunity academically.

Maintenance Repair, bus replacement and repair and paving/re-surfacing and repairs

Mustang Public Schools is one of the premier 6A districts in Oklahoma, serving more than 10,800 students at 13 school sites. The district has a comprehensive plan to maintain the facilities and buses the patrons have provided for our kids. To put off needed repairs will put the district behind in the maintenance schedule and could lead to larger problems in the future with building maintenance and more buses with more than 100,000 miles on the road.

What will this bond issue do to my taxes

Through careful planning Mustang Public Schools has worked to keep taxes steady. The Mustang Board of Education set a goal in 2009 to keep the millage level within the 28 mill range. Thanks to the incredible growth in the district's Net Assessed Valuation, the millage has always come in less than 28 mills. We expect the same thing to happen with this bond issue.

When is the bond election and where do I vote?

The bond election is Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Any registered voter can vote at their regular polling place. Don't forget to take a photo ID. Click here to see a list of polling places. Don't know which polling place is yours? Call the Canadian County Election Board at 405-422-2422.

What percentage of voters must support the bond election?

A school bond vote requires a margin of 60 percent in favor of the propositions. It's imperative that all registered voters take the time to cast a ballot.

Can the bond money be used for teacher and support staff salaries?

No. By law, bond funds can only be used for things such as building construction or renovation, land purchases, purchase of equipment, technology, textbooks and the purchase of buses. Bond funds may never be used for salaries.

What if I am going to be out of town on election day, Feb. 9, 2016?

You can vote early at the Canadian County Election Board Office in El Reno on the Thursday and Friday before the election from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Canadian County Election Board is located at 200 S Bickford Ave, El Reno, OK 73036

Or, you can choose to vote by absentee ballot. To request an absentee ballot, you can download a form from http://www.ok.gov/elections/Voter_Info/Request_Absentee_Ballot/ or simply request an absentee ballot by sending a letter that includes your name, your date of birth, the address at which you are registered to vote, the election you're requesting a ballot for, the address where it should be mailed and your signature. Fax, mail or personally deliver your letter to the Canadian County Election Board. The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot is always 5 p.m. on Wednesday preceding the election, or for this election, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016.

If your ballot is mailed to you, you must return it to the county election board by mail. An absentee ballot must be RECEIVED by the county election board before 7 p.m. on election day to be counted.

Voters will see two propositions on the ballot on election day. Why?

By law, school buses must be a separate vote in a bond proposition. On Feb. 9, when voters go to the polls, the first proposition will be everything but buses: technology, HVAC maintenance, land, textbooks and paving repair. The second proposition will be only transportation: handicap buses for our special needs population and regular route buses to replace aging buses in the fleet.

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