Members of the Edmond School Board voted at their regular board meeting Dec. 5 to bring before voters a $111 million bond issue Feb. 14, 2017 to increase student safety, fund technology and upgrade and improve school buildings and campuses.
“The 2017 Bond Election has been carefully constructed to meet the needs of our growing district and allow for every school in the district to benefit either by receiving new educational materials, building upgrades and additions, or safety and technology improvements,” said Superintendent Bret Towne.
A significant portion of the bond money would be used to complete the process of having storm shelters on every campus to protect all 24,400 students and 2800 staff members.
Memorial Bond Projects:
At Memorial, plans call for constructing a two-story classroom addition on the north side of the school facing 15th street that would double as a storm shelter and replacing the roof of the auditorium.
In addition, passage of the Feb. 14 bond issue would ensure funds to make stadium upgrades to include new seating, press box, lighting, restrooms, concessions and parking. The track would be moved across the street to district-owned land just north of 15th street. Ninth-grade football, track and cross country, among other events and activities, would be held at the new track.
Passage of the bond issue is not planned to raise homeowner’s taxes.
“As we have done with past bond issues, the district has planned this bond issue to keep the millage level stable between 24 and 25 mills,” said Towne. “The timing of bond sales will coincide with the retirement of existing bonds to support the district’s objective of sustaining a stable millage rate.”
All registered voters who live within Edmond Public School district boundaries qualify to vote including those residents who live outside the city limits of Edmond. Individuals should vote at their regular precincts.
For the entire bond proposal, go to http://edmondschools.net/district/2017-bond-issue/