FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. Do both propositions have to pass in order for either proposition to pass?
A. No, the ballot has two propositions that will be voted on separately. Voters can vote yes, yes or no, no or yes, no or no, yes. One proposition can pass without both passing.
Q. Why does APS need a bond issue?
A. State budget cuts have taken a dramatic toll on our ability to repair our facilities, update security and provide reliable and safe transportation for our students. We cannot afford the cost without an investment in our students by our community.
Q. What are the projects identified by the teachers and staff in the 2019 Student Community Investment Plan?
A. Safety and Security
Q. How were the projects selected?
A. Teachers and staff identified projects that needed to be addressed through bond funds and ranked them by priority. After working with our bond advisors, we narrowed the teacher and staff list down to the core projects in our 2019 Student Community Investment Plan.
Q. Why does the staff believe AECC and APS need new classrooms, restrooms and safe rooms?
A. AECC and APS have the least amount of interior space within the building, which is space utilized during severe weather. Children are vulnerable in the event that a tornado was to hit during the day; a safe room is the best way to protect them. The amount of young children using the out-dated restrooms is an issue. Also, additional classrooms could allow class sizes to be reduced if funding is available.
Q. Why does the staff believe the elementary playgrounds need to be torn down and replaced and the fencing updated?
A. While it may appear that playgrounds are just for fun, in actuality, research has proven that children need breaks in order to learn better in the classroom. Our playgrounds have been here for many decades and the playing surface and the equipment are deteriorating and do not meet today’s playground safety standards. Our equipment also does not allow for our children with special needs to play.
Q. Why does the District Track need to be resurfaced?
A. The track has not been updated for many decades. The surface of the track has major holes in which you can see the concrete that is under the track. Track surfaces harden over time, causing shin splints and stress fractures. Also, we are losing money by not being able to host track meets, as other track teams don’t want to put their students at risk by running on our outdated track.
Q. Why should we pay to update Kiwanis Park that is owned by the City?
A. If the bond issue passes APS will acquire Kiwanis Park from the City for a very low cost. The Altus City Council has already approved this in preparation if the bond passes.
Q. Why does the staff believe the Kiwanis Park needs to be updated?
A. Altus Schools currently does not own a Baseball or Softball field. By updating Kiwanis Park with artificial turf, Kiwanis Park can be played on by both Baseball and Softball teams. Also we are not able to host Softball or Baseball meets and are losing out on money for the district and the City when teams travel and need lodging, food and gas.
Q. Why do our charter buses need to be replaced?
A. We will not be replacing charter buses. With the bond issue, we will be buying new activity buses. Our charter buses have millions of miles on them and frequently break down and leave our students vulnerable when sitting on the side of the road. Replacement parts are expensive and come from overseas, causing a substantial delay in our ability to fix them. If the bond passes, we will replace four of our charter buses and four of our activity buses.
Q. How much is the 2019 Student Community Investment Plan?
A. The total cost of the bond is $6 million.
Q. Will my taxes go up if this bond issue is passed?
A. There will be a tax increase to property owners if the bond issue passes. By cutting back on approximately two fast food meals a month, you can save the equivalent of the tax increase.
Q. How do I find my Net Assessed Value of my property?
A. You can call the Jackson County Assessor, Lisa Roberson, at (580) 482-0787 or visit the website https://okcountytreasurers.com/
Q.When do we vote on the bond issue?
A. Tuesday, March 5th from 7:00am to 7:00pm at your regular polling place.
Q. How much does the bond issue need to pass?
A. School bond issues require a 60 percent majority to pass. That means that 60 percent of the people who vote in the election have to support the bond issue in order for it to pass. For Altus Public School voters, both propositions on the ballot would need to be passed by 60 percent.
Q. How many questions will be on the ballot?
A. There are two propositions on the ballot. One proposition contains the capital improvement projects such as safe rooms, playground upgrades, security, and athletic upgrades. The other proposition is only for Transportation. Legally on a bond issue Transportation can not be combined with any other investment except technology.
Q. When the bond passes when will Altus Public Schools get the money?
A. When the bond passes March 5th, the $6 Million will be available in June.
Q. When will the projects be completed?
A. Transportation is our first priority and buses will be ordered as soon as possible. The Kiwanis Park project will begin as soon as possible, along with security upgrades. Safe room construction should be completed in the first year. Playgrounds and fencing will be a summer project. It is our goal to allow each site receiving playground upgrades the opportunity to design age appropriate playgrounds.
Q. Who can vote?
A. Any registered voter in the Altus Public Schools District
Q. What are the boundaries for the Altus Public School District?
A. See the map below.
Q. When is the last day to register to vote in order to vote in the March 5th election?
A. February 8th
Q. When is the last day to request an absentee ballot?
A. February 27th
Q. How will the ballot read?