Get Registered to VOTE by August 3

Post date: Jul 24, 2012 3:26:59 PM

Voters in the Bartlesville School District who are not already registered to vote are urged to do so by Friday, August 3 so that they can vote in the school bond issue election on August 28.

REGISTERING TO VOTE

If you are not already a registered voter, you can download a registration form, but remember it must be postmarked BEFORE Friday, August 3.

WHERE TO VOTE

Registered voters can locate their polling place.

ABSENTEE VOTING

You can fill out an absentee ballot application at the election board office OR you can download the application. You can hand carry to the election board office in the courthouse, fax it to 918-337-2895 or mail it to:

Washington County Election Board

420 S. Johnstone

Bartlesville, OK 74003

Applications for an absentee ballot must be received at the election board no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday, August 22. In filling out the form, you live in ISD#30.

You can use this one form to apply for ballots for ALL 2012 elections.

EARLY VOTING

Registered voters can also vote BEFORE the election at the County Election Board (420 S. Johnstone) at these times:

Friday, August 24, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday, August 25, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Monday, August 27, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

BOND ISSUE INFORMATION

Detailed information about the bond issue is online at bruinbond.com

The bond issue is important for our staffing levels and keeping class sizes in check. If we don't get out the vote and get support for the essentials in this bond issue, the General Fund would have to absorb all of the annual capital costs for textbooks, computers, and more. The annual budget impact is equivalent to about 29 teaching positions.

The school board has heeded a voter survey and proposed a new bond issue that is much smaller, focused on funding Essentials for Excellence over the next seven years:

About a 1/4 of the bond is for construction projects focused on the elementary schools, primarily an Early Childhood Center at Kane to get the Pre-K and Kindergarten classes out of PORTABLES.

Custer Stadium improvements were scaled back to only 3.4% of the bond. NO NEW PRESSBOX, just adding handrails, fixing the sound and lights, and improved visitors concessions.

The bond has NO EFFECT on secondary school configuration. That is a much harder nut to crack and will continue to be studied and will be the focus of a later, independent bond issue. Nothing in this bond issue ties our hands as to how the secondary schools are configured. The bond DOES supply all of the above operational essentials for ALL grade levels.