By Jeff Shultz
Voters will go to the polls this Tuesday, February 14, to elect new school board members in two county school districts and decide the fate of a Whitebead Transportation Bond Issue.
School patrons in Maysville will cast their ballots for Office No. 2 of the Maysville School Board. Candidates appearing on the ballot are Asheley Close, Mignon Zurline and Bruce Jones.
In Wynnewood, voters will choose between Kathy Stewart and Walsie May McLaughlin for the Office No. 2 post on that school board.
Patrons of the tiny Whitebead School District will also go to the polls to decide the fate of a $170,000 Transportation Bond Issue.
According to Whitebead Superintendent of Schools Mary Smith, the bond issue is needed to provide the district with some new buses.
“Everyone may not ride the bus to and from school but we all take them on field trips and school outings,” explained Smith.
The bond includes an annual tax increase of $5.92 for every $100, for the duration of 5 years, Smith said.
If passed, the issue would allow the school to purchase two new school buses to replace two existing school buses.
“Our goal is to provide all our students with reliable, safe transportation,” said Smith.
The small school currently has five buses and one back up bus for approximately 430 students.
Tuesday’s election will mark the first election of 2012 where new voting machines and ballots will be used statewide.
According to Garvin County Election Board Secretary Cathy Brinley, the new ballots will feature a new method of marking the ballot .
Voters still will mark a paper ballot by hand and still will be able to depend on reliable and accurate scanners to count their ballots, she added.
However, voters will mark the paper ballot differently than in the past, Brinley noted.
“Instead of completing an arrow next to the candidate’s name, voters will now have to fill in a box next to the candidate’s name,” she said, noting an X or check mark in the square box next to the candidate’s name is not a valid vote.
According to Brinley, the following precincts in Garvin County will be open for Tuesday’s election.
Pct. #1 – BILL MITCHELL COMPLEX (Training Center), 308 SW 2nd, Lindsay
Pct. #2 – REC MULTI PURPOSE CENTER 808 N. Industrial Heights(E side of Hwy 76N) Lindsay
Pct. #3 – ERIN SPRINGS BAPTIST CHURCH 1 ½ mi. S. of Lindsay on Hwy. 76
Pct. #5 – MAYSVILLE METHODIST CHURCH 705 Mays, Maysville
Pct. #7 – MERIDIAN BRANCH – PV NATIONAL BANK (Conference Room) Pauls Valley
Pct. #8 – AFLAC, 34550 Airline Rd, PAULS VALLEY
Pct. #9 - ELMORE CITY COMMUNITY BUILDING – 104 South Main, ELMORE CITY (Former Sr Citizen Center)
Pct. #16 – TRUCKS UNLIMITED, 35641 Hwy 29, NE/Corner at intersection of I-35 & Hwy 29,
Pct. #18 – BOSA CENTER – 207 Bosa Ave, Conference Room, PAULS VALLEY
Pct. #20 – WYNNEWOOD SENIOR CITIZEN CENTER, 804 E. Robert S. Kerr, WYNNEWOOD
Pct. #25 – WALKER VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT., 18059 N CR 3330, Stratford, OK.
Election results will be posted on the News Star’s web site as the Garvin County Election Board makes election returns available.