Ottawa County voters have made their decision on the Ward 3 seat for the Miami City Council and a proposed school bond for the Fairland School District totaling over $3.6 million.
MIAMI/FAIRLAND - Preliminary results are in for Ottawa County elections held Tuesday, April 3, with polls having closed at 7 p.m. and all voting precincts having reported results.
Results reported today do not include provisional ballot results and will not be deemed official before 5 p.m. Friday, April 6 after being certified by the Ottawa County Election Board, according to the Oklahoma State Election Board.
Miami Ward 3
Voters in Miami precincts 7, 8, 9, and 11 made their decision on the Ward 3 seat for the Miami City Council representing southwest Miami, with Ryan Orcutt winning the majority with 131 votes or 58.48 percent of the 224 votes reported.
Once verified, Orcutt's win means he will take the place of incumbent Neal Johnson on the Miami City Council for Ward 3, a three-year term.
Orcutt is a 32-year-old native to Miami who spent the last five years residing in the southwest Ward of the city after returning from college and teaching in South Korea.
He currently serves as an adjunct instructor and the coordinator for advising and testing at NEO A&M College.
Orcutt is also a graduate of Leadership Miami XVIII and an active member of the community as a member of both the Ottawa County United Way and Bright Futures Miami boards.
During his campaign for the Ward 3 seat, Orcutt said in a statement to the News-Record that he hoped to bring a perspective to the table that is “both progressive and understanding of others.”
The Ward 4 seat, representing the southeast portion of Miami, was also up for reelection but went unopposed and will be retained by incumbent Vicki Lewis, a longtime Miami educator, now Wyandotte Elementary School Principal.
Fairland School Bond
Voters in the Fairland School District narrowly approved of a proposed school bond, according to the initial results from their Special Election on Tuesday. However, a 3/5 majority is required in order to pass a school bond election.
The Fairland School Board unanimously approved a resolution to put forth the ambitious school bond proposal in a special meeting Feb. 13, totaling over $3.6 million for improvements.
The bond would have funded a three-part project to facilitate a multi-purpose classroom building addition at Fairland Elementary, district-wide technology improvements, and a new elementary gymnasium.
Results reported Tuesday show 388 total votes with 196, or 50.52 percent of voters approving the proposition edging out a 192, or 49.48 percent of voters against it.
An information sheet distributed by the Board and posted at the Fairland Public Schools website breaks down the costs and purpose of each segment of the $3,620,000 bond as follows:
Elementary Classroom/Bathroom/Storm Shelter
Allocated costs of $2,175,000 to construct, furnish, equip and/or acquire a classroom storm shelter addition at the Early Childhood Center.
Allocated costs of $100,000 to acquire and install technology equipment to include, but not be limited to hardware and software district-wide.
Allocated costs of $1,345,000 to construct, furnish, equip and/or acquire renovations at the elementary gymnasium to include, but not limited to demolition, flooring, bleachers, finishes, new entrances, canopies, paint, locker room upgrades and ADA compliance upgrades.
Check back for more as results are certified by the Ottawa County Election Board Friday and official statements are provided by Miami Ward 3 candidates and members of the Fairland School Board.
For more information about preliminary results of the April 3 Ottawa County elections, visit www.elections.ok.gov or call the Ottawa County Election Board at 918-542-2893.
MNR associate editor Melinda Stotts contributed to this report.
Dorothy Ballard is the managing news editor of the Miami News-Record. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow her on Twitter @dm_ballard.