Those who want to cast their vote for the Blanchard Special School Election may do so ahead of the Sept. 10 election day. 

The nearly $31.3 million proposition will enable the school to provide a new performing arts center, a football stadium, a cafeteria for the middle school and more classrooms with some of these doubling as safe rooms. 

Early voting will take place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sept. 4 and 5 at the Community Room on the southwest side of the District Attorney Complex located at 307 W. Pennsylvania Ave. in Chickasha. 

On Election Day, Sept. 10, polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the voter's designated polling place.  

Voters may use the Online Voter Tool at www.elecitons.ok.gov to look up polling place, verify registration information or view a sample ballot. Sample ballots are also available at the Grady County Election Board. 

Blanchard Schools Superintendent Dr. Jim 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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