Pat Russell

Pat Russell casts her vote in Konawa's school bond issues election Tuesday at Assemble of God Church in Konawa.

Konawa voters overwhelmingly approved two school bond issues Tuesday, with more than 85 percent supporting one bond issue and nearly 87 percent in favor of the other.

With all precincts reporting shortly after 8 p.m. Tuesday, 225 votes had been cast. Of those, 192 votes were cast in favor of proposition one, while 195 votes were cast in favor of proposition two.

The propositions — a $700,000 transportation bond issue and an $800,000 general bond issue for technology upgrades and other projects — will replace an existing bond issue, which means the district will not have to raise taxes to pay off the new bonds.

Konawa Superintendent Andy Gower said proceeds from the transportation bond issue will be used to purchase five new route buses and an activity bus.

Proceeds from the second bond issue will pay for the following projects:

  • Upgrading technology and textbooks, especially digital textbooks.
  • Improving security throughout the district, including more secure entrances and security cameras.
  • Replacing the flooring at the elementary school.
  • Replacing the upholstered seats in the lower section of the gym.
  • Extending the bus barn a few feet to the east to accommodate larger-capacity buses in the end.
  • Buying a small tractor with a front-end loader and a backhoe attachment and a mower or two to help maintain Konawa’s 40-acre campus.
  • Adding a new Suburban to the transportation fleet for students and faculty attending conferences and school activities. The Suburban is part of the general bond issue, not the transportation initiative, because vehicles purchased with proceeds from a transportation bond issue should only be used for student transportation.

 Reporter Eric Swanson contributed to this story.

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Carl Lewis is a general assignment reporter for The Ada News. He's an aspiring photographer, an unabashed fan of Apple products and an avid coffee swiller. Contact Carl at (580) 310-7520, or by email at

Eric Swanson is the City Hall and general assignment reporter for The Ada News. He spent 15 years working at the Dodge City Daily Globe in Dodge City, Kansas, before joining The Ada News’ staff in 2012.