Voters approve bond votes for Jenks, Union

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Reported by: Farron Salley
Updated: 2/12 4:26 pm Published: 2/12 4:25 pm

Voters overwhelmingly supported major school bonds in Union and Jenks Public Schools.

The Jenks bond was for $12.8 million and the Union bond was worth $21 million.

FOX23 learned a good chunk of that money will go to help the Union 8th grade center because it's busting at the seams. They're even using a gym weightlifting room as a classroom.

But district leaders say the bond money will change all that.

The school’s band room is too small, only half of the Union orchestra can fit inside.

Union Assistant Superintendent Charlie Bushyhead said four out of every five students at the middle school level are involved in fine arts.

“Our students which are engaged in extracurricular activities, engaged in programs, they're going to be more successful,” he said.

So they're building a fine arts wing and adding a new gym to house the six basketball teams, PE classes and other sports. A grand total of $10.8 million will be spent renovating the campus.

That's almost as much as the entire Jenks bond that passed Tuesday night.

Renovations are also scheduled for the cafeteria at Jenks East Elementary.

The majority of the Jenks bond will go to supplement day to day necessities, like heating and air units, safety equipment and textbooks.

Officials said the state only gave the district half of the money it needed to purchase books this year.

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