The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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February 14, 2012

Fairland voters approve $2.1 million school bond issue

FAIRLAND, Okla. — Voters on Tuesday narrowly approved a $2.1 million bond issue to replace the roof and electrical system at Fairland Elementary School and make other improvements.

The bond issue required a 60 percent majority for approval and surpassed that by 10 votes. The vote was 222 “yes” to 130 “no.” The margin of victory was 63 percent to 37 percent.

The bond issue will pay to replace the roof at the elementary school and the elementary school gym, both of which Superintendent Mark Alexander has said leak badly.

The elementary school was built in the early 1960s, and Alexander said the electrical system is inadequate to accommodate computers and other modern electronic equipment.

The bond issue also will pay to add a computer lab at the high school and middle school, which is in a single building. It also will pay to redo the restrooms and concession stand at the football field.

The bond issue will cost the owner of a $100,000 home in the Fairland district an additional $73.50 in property taxes, increasing the annual tax bill to the school from $779 to $852.50. A homeowner who now pays a property tax bill of $500 to the school district would see an increase of $47.14.

In other elections Tuesday in Ottawa County, Miami voters approved a technical change to the city charter that standardizes the city election date. The vote was 341 in favor and 51 opposed.

In the Miami School Board election, Harley Turner won with 259 votes, defeating Troy Littleaxe with 140 votes.

Steve Hartman won the election for a Commerce School Board seat with 90 votes, compared with 47 for Misty Hailey.

In Quapaw, Paula Suman defeated Wayne Morey for a position on the school board. Suman had 142 votes, and Morey had 36.

In the Turkey Ford School District, Diane Cook was the winner with 54 votes to Patricia Armstrong’s 44 votes.

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