The Caddo Herald
March 4, 1921
High School Bonds to be Voted Mar. 14
You wanted schools.
You wanted good schools.
Let's now see if you did.
The School Board has called an election to be held Monday, March 14th, at the Ray building, between the hours of 2 and 6 o'clock, for the purpose of voting on the proposition of this district issuing $30,000 in bonds to rebuild the High School Building and refurnishing it.
This amount, with the $31,000 insurance money, it is thought by the architect, to be sufficient to build the house and furnish it.
The plans of Mr. Hicks call for the same dimensions as the old building, the same height walls, but a different interior arrangement, and calls for all fire proof material, so that it will be practically impossible for the structure again to burn. It will be remembered that all the old floors and partitions were of wood. In the new plans there is no wood except window and door frames and doors. The floors are to be of concrete and the partition of hollow tile. The heating plans call for steam, but a much better outfit will be installed than we had before.
The basement will have rooms for grade purposes, for manual training and domestic science and art. The first floor will provide for a large auditorium with level floor, so that it can in the future be used for study hall or other school purposes. The second floor will be equipped for high school purposes, having plenty of room for our present needs and future expansion. The arrangement of the rooms is admirable. It is hardly to be seen how they could be improved upon.
By using the old foundation and old material it is thought the savings will be better than $10,000; otherwise we should be put to the necessity of raising that much more money.
All qualified electors are allowed to vote, which includes women as well as men, who must be registered, for which purpose the registration books are now open with Frank Williams, and C.A. Bilbo until Friday night.
The Herald does not think any argument is necessary to convince the people that the building is necessary. It is unfortunate for us that the fire occurred, but those things will happen and we must make the best of it. The bonds will make your taxes just a little higher- about 28 cents on each hundred you have. But when you figure what you are getting for your money the slight raise in taxes is very small.
An enthusiastic meeting of school patrons was held last Thursday afternoon in the study hall of the temporary High School, and every person present pronounced favorably upon the idea, and eagerly signed the call for the election.
The temporary quarters now used cannot be thought of as a permanent quarters. They are unsuited for school work and it is doubtful if the owners would want such occupancy to be continuous. They offered these rooms temporarily in a spirit of patriotism and were willing to be put out in the extremity of the schools. But Caddo is big enough and rich enough to afford the BEST school facilities and nothing else will suffice.
Caddo High School furnishes schooling not only for boys and girls who live in town, but for many who live in the country near town, and as our facilities increase they will come from farther distances, thus adding to the commercial importance of the town. Take our schools away from town and it would not be long before we would have no town. Our property would be worthless.
It is important that every school patron attend this election. Let the vote be large and unanimous.