- Associated Press - Thursday, August 7, 2014

OKOLONA, Miss. (AP) - Okolona school officials are asking local voters to approve a $2 million bond issue on Aug. 26 with funds going to renovate facilities in the eastern Chickasaw County district.

The bulk of the money will be spent at the Old Okolona High School that now houses administration offices and on heating and air conditioning repairs at Okolona Elementary School.

“This bond issue has been sparked by a need to have students in classrooms that are safe and adequately heated and cooled. We have leaking roofs at several buildings and it’s time to perform needed maintenance,” Superintendent Dexter Green told the Chickasaw Journal (https://bit.ly/1oqGq8p ).

Green said money in the bond issue will also go to enhance the new football field and help the Chieftains move from the current football stadium on Mississippi Highway 32 next to the National Guard Armory to a new field closer to the high school.

“We are currently renting that field for $4,000 annually and don’t own the property,” said Green. “We’ve had difficulty making needed repairs.”

Green said issues related to the Americans with Disabilities Act will be addressed.

Green said district playgrounds are not safe and part of the bond issue will upgrade those facilities.

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Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, https://djournal.com

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