Blanchard Schools seek voter approval for new facilities Sept. 10

The Blanchard Public School District has been growing, with almost as many students as larger schools such as Chickasha, Dr. Jim Beckham, Blanchard Schools Superintendent, said. 

With this growth, the school has identified four major needs: a football stadium, a cafeteria for the middle school, a performing arts center, additional classrooms and safe rooms for the students. 

Beckham said the district hopes to construct these facilities with the help of a $28 million proposition, which Grady County residents will vote on Sept. 10. 

Beckham said the proposition has been designed in a way that will not increase property taxes. 

Blanchard is one of the only schools in the state that does not have a performing arts center, Beckham said. The school plans to build a 1,500 capacity auditorium that may also be used by the Blanchard community. He estimates the cost of construction will be between $12 and $15 million. 

The district is also seeking to improve student safety. The cafeteria for Blanchard Middle School, as well as the new band room attached to the performing arts center, will be constructed to double as safe rooms for Blanchard students. 

The new football stadium will enhance the relatively new Blanchard High School. The football stadium will be pretty basic initially, he said. The cost is estimated at $5 million. 

The remainder will go towards building additional classrooms on all Blanchard Public School sites. 

The superintendent said he would like to see more residents in Blanchard go to the polls on Sept. 10. Wether they vote yes or no, Beckham said the district wants to do what is right by the will of the people. 

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