Bond Development Process
The 2019 Bond Issue projects were recommended by the Long Range Planning (LRP) Committee to the Muskogee Board of Education. The process began in October 2018 as the LRP Committee was commissioned by the Board of Education to make a formal recommendation regarding:
- Land Acquisition
- Boundary Changes
- Grade Configuration
- Bond Referendums
The Long Range Planning Committee consists of 31 community stakeholders chosen by board members and the superintendent to serve as a representative of the district. This group consists of business owners, parents, staff members and have a vested interest in the district. The following are members of the committee:
|Mickey Madewell||Parent/Business Owner||Shelly Chitwood||Parent|
|Tracy Cole||NAACP Officer||Fred Haynes||Parent/Business Owner|
|Traci McGee||Business Owner||Dr. Marlon J. Coleman||Pastor|
|Perline Boyattia||Pastor||Derryl Venters||Retired Educator|
|Markeus D. Moore||Parent||Reggie Cotton||Assistant Police Chief|
|John Barton||Bank President||Toya Tate||Parent|
|Heidi Watson||Parent||Jerry Huffer||School Employee|
|Julie Elgin||Community Member/Volunteer||Elizabeth Ross||Parent/Business Owner|
|Kristi Hoos||Parent/Business Owner||Angela Wilson||Parent/Chamber of Commerce|
|Amy Pool||Educator/Parent||Ron Geminn||Business Owner|
|Jay Updike||Business Owner/Parent||Kenny Greer||Business Owner/Parent|
|David Eaton||Parent||Rory Lynch||Educator/Parent|
|Rafe Watkins||Educator/Parent||Brian Doerner||Educator|
|Dr. Jason Fullerton||Pastor/Parent||James Platter||Educator/Parent|
|Gina Batie||Educator||Lisa Yahola||Educator|
|Julie Watson Ledbetter||Non-Profit Officer/Parent|
The committee completed a four phase process to come to the final recommendation of a bond referendum. These phases included funding sources, assessments and possible projects, receiving community feedback which led them to a final recommendation.
PHASE 1: Funding Sources
The LRP Committee gained an understanding of the three funding sources for local school districts in Oklahoma.
Discussed the possible increase of millage.
Received a presentation by the district's financial advisor.
PHASE 2: Assessments and Possible Projects
District administration completed assessments of school sites and all MPS facilities.
Potential projects were introduced to the LRP for review and discussion.
PHASE 3: Community Feedback
Received feedback from internal staff through a survey.
In June 2019, the LRP invited community members for dinner and discussion about the proposed projects and received feedback.
PHASE 4: Board Recommendation
A final list of projects were determined by the LRP Committee
The Board received a recommendation from the LRP Committee to hold an election on October 8, 2019.