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March 6, 2014

CVTC will seek approval of $12 million bond

CHICKASHA —

The Canadian Valley Technology Center is seeking the approval of a bond via election aimed at repairing damage caused by the May 31, 2013 tornado in El Reno. 

The election will be held April 1 and if approved, the school bond will add less than $1 per month in ad valorem taxes on a $100,000 home or property, Superintendent Dr. Greg Winters said. 

The total amount of the proposed bond is $12 million. 

We are asking for taxpayers’ help to build back what we had in El Reno,” Winters said. “Our plans include constructing five safe rooms and replacing nine buildings with only two buildings. This will keep construction costs lower, minimize future upkeep and maximize building efficiency.”

The school’s insurance settlement does not cover the costs of safe rooms or modifications needed to bring the buildings up to current code standards, according to a CVTC release. 

"Roads and parking lots are additional costs necessary to assure the safety of our patrons and students," the release reads.

Winters said he wants to do everything he can to protect CVTC students.

“God forbid another tornado strikes the campus, but I want our students to be safe if one does,” Winters said. “It’s my intent to make this the safest technology centers in the nation.” 

A 39,000 square-foot building addition at the Chickasha campus is on schedule to be completed at the end of this calendar year. 

Construction on the new building began early in 2013, several months before the May 31 tornado struck the El Reno campus. The addition contains a safe room that will hold more than 600 people in the event of severe weather or a tornado, according to the release.

“We had the safe room already in the plans for the Chickasha addition, even before our El Reno campus was hit with the tornado,” Winters said.  

Most communities in Grady County will have the opportunity to vote on the bond issue April 1.

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