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5-Year, $414M Tulsa Public Schools Bond Package On The Ballot Tuesday


Voters within the Tulsa Public Schools district boundaries go to the polls Tuesday to consider a $414 million bond package.

The five-year bond package is split among four propositions for building improvements, technology, transportation and learning materials. A full project breakdown is available on the TPS website.

Supporters including the Tulsa Regional Chamber have pushed hard for the bond package with the Tulsa County Republican Party coming out against it. 

"Any time we sit down with any industry cluster and talk about business or talk about the future of their business, education and workforce is the first thing they talk about. And so, this, in our mind, is really important," chamber President and CEO Mike Neal said at a news conference last week.

Tulsa County GOP Chair Ronda Vuillemont-Smith said the bond proposal goes against party platform features like lower taxes.

"Also, it’s really the only way that constituents and parents are going to be able to … let the board know, let the superintendent and the administration know that they don’t like the direction things are going," Vuillemont-Smith said.

Polls are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday. You can find your polling place and other election information at the Oklahoma Voter Portal. In Oklahoma, voters need to bring a government-issued photo ID or their voter ID card.

Voters who forget their ID or whose names aren't found in the precinct registry can cast a provisional ballot after signing an affidavit.

Matt Trotter joined KWGS as a reporter in 2013. Before coming to Public Radio Tulsa, he was the investigative producer at KJRH. His freelance work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times and on MSNBC and CNN.
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