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UPDATE: Town hall meeting scheduled for Hugo school bond proposal


UPDATE [Aug. 8, 2013] -- A town hall meeting has been scheduled to discuss a proposed school bond in Hugo.

The meeting will begin at 7pm on Thursday, August 15 at the Hugo High School cafeteria. Architect renderings and financial plans will be presented. Tours of the high school may be provided before the meeting.

The Hugo School District has proposed a $1.4 million dollar bond to rebuild a major portion of Hugo High School, which was built in 1917. Voters will decide whether to pass it on September 10.

$1.4 million bond proposed for new high school in Hugo
Posted: Aug 01, 2013 6:28 PM CDT
HUGO, OK -- For the first time in five years, the Hugo School District is asking voters to approve a school bond to build a high school, something proponents say is way overdue.

The condition of classrooms at Hugo High School makes parents like Larry Middleton question how students are still allowed to attend school there.

"We don't need to put our children in that type of environment," Middleton said. "We don't need to ask our teachers to teach in that type of environment."

Walls are cracking inside classrooms, hallways and closets. The brick exterior is splitting at the seams.

The roof leaks in several places, the worst spot happens to be just above valuable computer equipment.

"If that goes, all our technology goes," Superintendent Karen Lyles said.

Wet ceilings and walls have also led to air quality concerns which is why the building is being aired out over the summer.

Lyles allowed our cameras inside the building built in 1917 to show how bad she says the district needs its new school bond passed. "The age is catching up with it," she said.

The proposed bond is worth $1.4 million.

If passed, the money would be used to construct a new building on the same block. The newer half of the main building would still be used along with the gym.

Two previous proposed school bonds in 2006 and 2008 failed to pass.

"I think the public, the community and our voters need to know that the tax increase this time isn't anywhere near where it has been in the past," Lyles said. "It's 8.9%."

According to a flying being given out to voters, passing the bond means residents with property valued at $25,000 would pay an extra $.99 per month in property taxes; $2.54/month for property valued at $50,000; $4.10/month for property valued at $75,000 and $5.66/month for property valued at $100,000. The bond term is 10 years. 

So far, three generations of the Middleton family have attended Hugo High School.

Larry Middleton says he wants to rebuild the school to help preserve the quality and safety of public education for his family in the future.

A Facebook page has also been set up in support of the bond.

Renderings of what the new school would like are being made. They'll be displayed at a town hall meeting being planned later in August. Voters will decide whether to pass the bond when they head to the polls September 10.