TPS ramps up efforts for 2013 bond proposal

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Reported by: Janai Norman
Updated: 5/06/2013 10:32 am Published: 4/29/2013 10:44 am

Tulsa Public School's 2013 Safe and Secure School bond proposal is just about two weeks from the ballot, the district is looking to get the community involved.

The district is holding eight public forums over the next two weeks to get parents and the community talking about the bond proposal.

The proposal asks for $38 million for security and technology upgrades that one principal says is a necessity.

“[It’s] a bond issue we desperately need for the continued safety and security of our children,” Thoreau Demonstration Academy Principal Tom Padalino says.

He tells FOX23 News Thoreau was built back in 1973 and some of the original equipment and facilities are just now being changed.

“We need updates on electrical equip, updates on technology,” Padalino began, “safety and security with cameras and electronic doors so you can't just walk into the building.”

But what about the residents without students in the system?

“Everyone has a vested interest.”

Padalino says many residents either have children who were in Tulsa Public Schools, or grandchildren who still are.

Even for those who don't Principal Padalino says better schools mean better neighborhoods, which everyone can benefit from.

“I think for the general public there's going to be something hereof value they're going to want to hear, and there's something they're going to want to support.”

Each public forum begins at 6:00 p.m. and is scheduled to last about an hour. Below is the schedule: 
  • Tuesday, May 7 Booker T. Washington High School,  1514 E. Zion St.
  • Wednesday, May 8 McLain High School for Science and Technology, 4929 N. Peoria Ave.
  • Thursday, May 9 East Central High School,  12150 E. 11th St.
  • Monday, May 13 Memorial High School, 5840 S. Hudson Ave.

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