Two School propositions passed effortlessly in the Annual School elections Feb. 12. Runoff elections will be held along with the City Council races coming up on April 2. Preston passed a 2.1 million dollar bond issue by 148-32 votes in order to build a new high school on 20 acres across from their sports complex in Preston. A new art room and band room will also be included on the site. The old facility will be torn down.
“It is really exciting for all of us, the people of Preston came out and showed a lot of support to come out and vote,” said Superintendent Mark Hudson. “The proposition passed by an 84 percent margin, which is just terrific. We are excited and ready to get to work and get this new high school built.”
The proposition to consolidate Graham and Dustin schools passed 126-19. Dustin school will house Pre-K through fourth grade and Graham will house fifth through twelfth grades.
In the Okmulgee Mayor race there will be a run-off election between Steven Baldridge, who carried the race throughout the evening, and Terry Watkins. Baldridge gained 49.07 percent and 342 votes to Terry Watkins 27.78 percent and 258 votes. Brian Priegel took the remaining 23.15 percent and 248 votes.
Baldridge commented on the outcome of the election, “I am very excited that I led the race and I appreciate all the citizens that participated in the political process and came out and voted. I look forward to the next phase of this election, which will be the runoff. I look forward to a change. I think Okmulgee made a statement tonight that they want to move forward in our city and they reflected that by the vote today.”
There will also be a runoff in the Henryetta School Board race for seat 3. It was a tight race between Brandy Cunningham and Bruce Jones. Cunningham pulled 145 votes to Jones 140 and Shane Berry followed with 26 votes. In the Beggs School Board seat 3, Debby Toland took a 60 percent margin with 96 votes defeating Alcardio Foy who received 55 votes.