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Bond issue projects status report for 8/1/2017

posted Aug 1, 2017, 12:08 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Aug 1, 2017, 2:36 PM ]

Many bond-funded projects have been going on in the district this summer. New buses and people-movers, furnishings, technology, and various renovations will benefit students when they return to school on Thursday, August 17.

However, a primary focus of the August 2016 bond issue was saving teaching jobs and preserving class sizes amidst years of declining state funding for public schools. Thanks to the bond issue and the painful personnel cuts made going into the 2016-2017 school year, the district has not had to cut teachers nor student programs for 2017-2018. It also has rebuilt its fund balance to the minimum safe 7% level.

This is significant, since during the 2017 fiscal year overall state appropriations to the district were down another $450,000, due to continued shortfalls in revenue. This was on top of years of prior reductions and shortfalls.

An online slideshow documents the progress the district is making even in these difficult times for public schools, thanks to the continued support of local voters. A printable PDF version is attached to the end of this post.

THANK YOU, BARTLESVILLE!
Bond Issue Update
You can click the above graphic to open the slideshow
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Granger Meador,
Aug 1, 2017, 4:53 PM