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Voters to Decide Fate of $8.45 Million Commerce School Bond on April 5th

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COMMERCE, OKLAHOMA -

Walls are starting to wither away at Commerce Middle School.

"I've noticed, yeah it definitely looks like it needs some work on it,” says parent Amanda Maxton.

"It's kinda old. They need to make commerce a little newer,” says parent Kenneth Williamson.

To make repairs, Commerce School Board is asking voters to pass an $8.45 million school bond in April.

Commerce Schools Superintendent Jim Haynes says "We wouldn't be asking for the school facilities if we didn't feel like that we really needed them."

You can tell this 80-year-old building is really starting to show its age. If you look above me part of the wall is actually starting to lean towards me. That's why half of this walkway has now been blocked off to protect students from falling bricks.

Superintendent Haynes says "The building is safe to go to school in. We've had engineers come and check it and things, but we have problems with the brick venire turning lose. And so we're trying to be proactive because we really need to replace the building."

The School Board plans to use the money to tear it down, and build a brand new middle school about the same size. Safe rooms will also be built at the elementary and high school.

"The elementary school we're projecting to put four classrooms inside of the safe room and that will allow us to eliminate a couple modular classrooms building that we currently have there."

The plan would also incorporate Commerce Grad and Yankee baseball player Mickey Mantle's famous number seven into the roof line. All the upgrades will cost an average homeowner about $9-10 more a month on their property taxes.

 Commerce resident Donnalee Green says "I think it's worth it. And it really ain't gonna be that much."

"It's a good idea, but it's a little bit expensive right now,” says Commerce resident Dustin Towery.

To pass, the school bond needs to earn a 3/5 majority.

Check out the design and find out how much it’ll cost you!

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