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Copan school bonds passed by voters

February 12, 2014

By Jessica Miller, Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise, Okla.

Feb. 12--Propositions to fund facility upgrades and purchase equipment for Copan schools passed overwhelmingly in an election held Tuesday.

The first proposition -- which passed with 85 votes to six votes, or by 93.41 percent -- consists of $345,000 to fund "constructing, equipping, repairing and remodeling school buildings and acquiring school furniture, fixtures and equipment" as well as the improving of existing sites.

Proposition 2 -- which passed with 87 votes to six votes, or by 93.55 percent -- will provide $40,000 for the purchase of transportation equipment.

Through the bond, school officials hope to achieve a list of items which includes replacing the leaking roof and heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit on the agriculture building; replacing tile in the high school building, agriculture classroom and remainder of the elementary building; replacing exterior doors in the high school, agriculture building, gym and administration and library building; installing magnetic release doors in the elementary, high school and administration and library buildings; updating cafeteria equipment; purchasing a new stock trailer for the agriculture department; repairing insulation on upper walls and ceiling of the student center playing area; removing and replacing rusted pipe railing surrounding the campus; and updating seating in the gym.

Prior to the election, Superintendent Rick Ruckman said there will be no tax increase with the passage of the proposals.

"Taxes should remain level since this is simply replacing an expiring bond," he said.

Ruckman was not available for comment Wednesday.

E-E reporter Kelcey King contributed to this story.


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