Idabel School's bond vote on new stadium set Tuesday

IDABEL, Okla. - Voters in Idabel, Okla. will decide Tuesday whether to approve a $9.5 million bond issue for several projects, including a new football stadium.

Idabel Superintendent Doug Brown said the bond proposal includes using about $7 million to build a larger band room and all-weather track and football stadium.

"We're also going to upgrade our agricultural building with fire safety features and new ADA compliant restrooms," Brown explained.

Idabel Head Track Coach John Harjo said they've needed a better and safer place to train student athletes for several years.

"It's going to effect the whole community. It's going to be a much nicer facility,"Harjo said.

The proposed stadium site is on campus which will eliminate having to bus students across town for home games.

They also have plans to use it for community events.

Right now, the high school band hall is over capacity.

Idabel High School Principal Chad Austin said a new facility will not only accommodate more students, but it will also double as a safe room.

"As a parent, I think that's one of the most important things for this bond election," Austin said. "I can send my kids to a place where these safety features are in place."

Due to bus and technology bonds ending next year, Brown said property tax rates will not be impacted by this new bond election.

"There's no new taxes being projected. It keeps our milage rate at the same rate currently," Brown said. "It's a good way to keep our investment into our schools."

If approved, construction would begin in the spring of 2020.

Voting is Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

If the bond passes, school officials said they'll have the only turf stadium and all-weather track in McCurtain County.


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