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April 6, 2010

Bond issue fails

Opposition to bond wins in landslide

DUNCAN — One of the biggest issues in Duncan Public School District’s local election history failed Tuesday night, with 4,841 voters opposing the $118,945,000 bond issue.

If it had passed, future Duncan students would have attended a new elementary school campus that would have promised the latest in technology. But as soon as the absentee votes were posted, those in favor could only hope for a change.

Stephens County Election Board’s uncertified results in favor of the bond issue were 1,119, but the 18.78 percent was nowhere close enough to gap the distance of the 81.22 percent against the issue. As precinct ballots were fed into the machine by Sheriff Wayne McKinney and Deputy F.L. Estes in the election board office, many people gathered in the courthouse lobby and watched as the results flashed on the small monitor.

One of those sitting and waiting was Donald Banes, along with his wife, Trish. Banes was against the bond issue and said he had plenty of reasons.

“I’ve been in too many cities where bigger schools are a downfall. A little community like Duncan, the $118 million was way too high,” Banes said before all the results were in. He said he was hopeful that this issue would be defeated. Banes, who moved here from Houston, Texas, nine years ago, doesn’t have any children or grandchildren in the school system, but he said it wasn’t just about the money or possible higher property taxes.

He said he’s lived in many cities — Seattle, Washington D.C., and others — where this same type of bond issue had been passed.

“It’s more the quality of the grade point averages of students and their learning,” he said. He believes the larger classes and schools would inhibit that learning process.

“If it affects the community, everybody should take it seriously.”

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