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Wyandotte Plans For New Safe Room Cafeteria After Passing Bond

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Wyandotte, Oklahoma public schools prepare for a new cafeteria and community safe room after voters pass a $1.62 million dollar bond. The school bond passed by an overwhelming 88-percent.

This is the current cafeteria for Wyandotte Public Schools. About 800 students -- K through 12 use this cafeteria. Which means these Elementary students are eating their meal at a little after ten in the morning, and upper classmen like Tyler Compton and Morgan Weisinger currently have to wait until after one for their lunch.
 
"It's just really spread out and it's a long wait to be able to eat," said Weisinger.
 
"It makes it really crowded, we eat lunch at a very late time, at One o'clock and like most High Schools kids we're rather hungry by then," said Compton.

But thanks to voters passing a new school bond Tuesday night, that wait won't be as long. Residents voted to extend a current bond for another 10 years, increasing the amount by about two percent to not only build a bigger cafeteria, but for it to double as a safe room for these kids and the surrounding community.

"That's special to us, we know that the community is behind the school, and the community, because this shelter is also going to be used by the community, when we're out of school, it's still going to be open to our citizens," said Superintendent Troy Gray.
 
And not only does the passage of this bond mean a new cafeteria and safe room for the students at Wyandotte Schools, but it also means that this old cafeteria will get a new purpose.

"We're going to go in that cafeteria and build a music room for our elementary, and our vocal, also we have need for an additional  classroom, that's a possibility there," Gray said.

Gray says the District will put together a committee to decide the final fate of the 40 year old facility, but no matter what it becomes Weisinger and Compton say they are just happy the bond was passed.

"We'll all get an adequate eating time, and we won't have to just get up and leave as soon as we're done," Compton said.
 
And for a FEMA approved safe room.

"It's got everybody excited to be able to be safer," Weisinger said.

Superintendent Gray says he expects to break ground on the new addition sometime this summer, with a hopeful completion date around August of 2015.

For more information on the Bond passed on Tuesday night, click here, for a link to a Power Point on the new building. 
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