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To the Editor of the Okmulgee Times and the Citizens of Okmulgee

On March 3, 2015, we the voters of Okmulgee will be going to the polls to vote on a new school bond issue.

I have read the proposal very carefully and I have come to the conclusion that this proposal is not about casual wants, it is about absolute needs. It isn’t disguised as a freebie. It will take money from taxpayers, but it is an investment. It is an investment in our children and grandchildren and our city. Education after all, is a foundation for our children, their children, and generations to come. Additionally, education is viewed as a critical component to newcomers to our city. It could be said that a school system is a “make or break” criteria when deciding where to live, or, in fact whether to stay.

I had heard pros and cons about the proposal, so I did some research. After going over the proposal line by line, I have come to the conclusion that the passage of this bond will be a great start toward bringing the Okmulgee Public Schools up to date and it will provide students and teachers with modern day technology, to better educate them and prepare them for the world in their adult life.

The proposal includes upgrades for many programs at Okmulgee Public Schools including both Athletics and Band. Specifically and more important the proposal will provide each student from the 7th to 12th grade a Laptop or Tablet computer to assist curriculums within Okmulgee Public Schools. Many facets of our school system will benefit from the passage of this bond proposal. It is improvements like these in this proposal that set the Okmulgee school system apart and ahead of others. I want to be a part of and support this “Bulldog Rising”. This bond is a big step in the right direction.

It is up to us to take the initiative and vote for this proposal. Our students and teachers need access to tools and technology in order to be better prepared for college and the work force. Again this proposal is a big step toward our Bulldog Rising.

Let us do our part and vote “YES” for this proposal.

On March 3, 2015 my wife and I will be at the polls casting a “YES” vote for the Arts and Academics Bond Proposal. We hope to see you there.

May God bless you and the City of Okmulgee

Sincerely,

Terry Watkins

Councilman Elect