The Edmond Sun

Local News

December 8, 2012

$80M school bond issue on table

Largest bond ever to build schools, purchase land for high school

EDMOND — Edmond Public Schools Board of Education members voted Monday to submit an $80 million bond issue to the vote of the people in February.

The February bond issue will include funds for elementary school No. 17 and middle school No. 6 as well an addition to elementary school No. 16, Frontier Elementary, two years after the school opens.

Elementary school No. 17 will be located between Cross Timbers and Centennial elementary schools on Sorghum Mill Road and built at a cost of about $16.5 million, Associate Superintendent of District Operations Bret Towne said.

Superintendent David Goin said the district has grown by well more than 2,000 students since 2008. That means 10 percent of Oklahoma’s growth of 22,000 students since 2008 has been in Edmond.

Edmond’s population has grown from 68,315 in 2000 to 83,019 in 2011 according to Edmond Economic Development Authority.

Centennial, built in 2007, was the most recent elementary school built, Goin told board members, and the area is projected for continued growth. The last middle school was opened in 1999.

“The last bond issue was in 2011 and pending passage of Bond Issue 2013, plans are to schedule the next bond issue in 2014,” Goin said.

“Over the past 13 years, the EPS sinking fund rates have varied less than 1.2 mills,” Goin said. “We expect a projected growth in property values and with the retirement of other bonds the funding of the bond issue will be spread over the next five years. It is anticipated the passage of this bond issue would mean a stable tax rate for patrons.”

Oklahoma law requires 60 percent approval of votes cast for school bonds. Edmond voters have approved 54 consecutive bond issues beginning with passage of a 1959 issue, Goin said.

Where the money goes

Bond issue money will go toward meeting the needs of students including expanding the facilities to accommodate growth, maintaining and upgrading existing facilities and supplementing the General Fund for academics and co-curriculum programs.

Proposition No. 1 of the bond issue for $78,210,000 would be used to provide funds for improving and acquiring school sites, constructing, repairing, remodeling and equipping school buildings including school furniture, fixtures and equipment.

Included in the proposition would be:

• Computers, software and technology related equipment, $6.8 million;

• Roofing at North High School, Russell Dougherty Elementary and Northern Hills Elementary, $1.7 million;

• Improved school security at Boulevard Academy, Memorial, North and Santa Fe high schools and Angie Debo, Centennial, Northern Hills and West Field elementary schools, $400,000;

• Athletic and fine arts equipment and child nutrition kitchen equipment, maintenance vehicles and library/media center books, software subscriptions, instructional equipment and materials and textbooks, $3.5 million;

• HVAC replacement and improvement at Sunset Elementary and Cimarron Middle Schools, $1,535,000;

• Flooring at Cheyenne and Summit middle schools, $1.25 million;

• A 6-classroom addition to Elementary No. 16, currently under construction, $2.1 million;

• Elementary No. 17 — Phase 1 construction of the school to be located on Sorghum Mill east of Broadway, approximately 75,000 square feet; initially at least 25 classrooms, restrooms, administrative area, media center, cafeteria, kitchen, gymnasium, parking and associated infrastructure, $16.5 million;

• Orvis Risner Elementary — expanding, remodeling and equipping of the cafeteria and kitchen, remodeling and improving selected classrooms, hallways and the media center, $2,550,000;

• Sunset elementary — expanding, remodeling and equipping existing kitchen, $1 million;

• Memorial High School — improving and remodeling selected science rooms, hallways and classrooms and replacement of seating in the competitive gym, $2.5 million;

• North High School — improving and remodeling including installation of terrazzo flooring in the auditorium lobby, upgrading the hallway including some lockers, wall tile, lights and restrooms and upgrading science rooms, $2.5 million;

• Santa Fe High School remodeling of some restrooms, expansion of Freshman Academy cafeteria seating, new flooring in the auditorium, band and orchestra area and Freshman Academy science rooms, wrestling room expansion and locker room improvements, improvements and repairs to the competition gym, lobby and practice gym, replacement of roof over orchestra classrooms, $2.6 million;

• Support facility improvements, including converting the vacated maintenance building into the district’s custodial building and central receiving warehouse, $850,000;

• Edmond Public Schools Administrative Center work, including additional parking lot and storage building, $750,000;

• Land purchase for constructing a future high school campus, $3.2 million;

• High school track improvements for all three high schools, $475,000;

• ADA playgrounds installations at Chisholm, Clegern, Cross Timbers, Will Rogers, Charles Haskell, Northern Hills, Washington Irving, Ida Freeman, West Field, Centennial and Angie Debo elementary schools, $1 million.

Proposition No. 2 would include $1,790,000 for the purpose of purchasing transportation equipment including large and small school buses and suburbans.

If the bond passes, construction on the new elementary could begin in the spring and potentially be open by August 2014, Towne said.

More details on the bond issue can be found at www.edmondschools.net.

pmiller@edmondsun.com | 341-2121

1
Text Only
Local News
  • jc_Earp Marlin 2 - photo credit Noel Winters.jpg Shootout of a sale

    An original article of the Wild West will be made available at auction Thursday. The rifle of legendary lawman Wyatt Earp will be part of the J. Levine Auction & Appraisal’s Summer Quarterly Auction in Scottsdale, Ariz.
    Earp was an Arizona deputy sheriff and deputy town marshal in Tombstone, Ariz. He is legendary for playing a key role in the gunfight at the O.K. Corral. He died in 1929 at age 60.
    Wyatt Earp collector Barry Tapp of Edmond will be selling his 1895 Wyatt Earp Marlin rifle at the auction. The rifle has an estimated value between $50,000 and $75,000. It includes authentication documentation from Tombstone Heritage Museum, according to the auction house

    July 28, 2014 2 Photos

  • 11.6.12 Mother and Cub (2).jpg UCO forensic researcher answers key question

    After working a few human recovery cases on a volunteer basis with a variety of police departments, a question kept bugging Kama King.
    “You spend the whole day,” the UCO W. Roger Webb Forensic Science Institute student said, “sometimes days, searching for someone and only find a skull or a few bones and it just ate at me. Are we not finding this or is it not there to be found?”

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • sales tax holiday.jpg Oklahoma sales tax takes a holiday

    Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 1 and ending at midnight Aug. 3, Oklahomans will be able to participate in a sales tax holiday giving shoppers the opportunity to purchase certain clothing and shoes free of sales tax.
    Yes, retailers may not charge tax, including state and local sales taxes on items that are tax-exempt during the sales tax holiday weekend. The sales of clothing and shoes priced at less than $100 are exempted from sales taxes.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Karan & Rwanda.jpg Peace through Business empowering women entrepreneurs

    Peace Through Business is part of the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women (IEEW) based in Oklahoma City. It is a program that connects small business entrepreneurs in Afghanistan and Rwanda with business owners in Oklahoma. One such entrepreneur found out about the program from a friend, applied, and was accepted to take part in this year’s session.
    Upon earning a master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the Universite de Sciences et Technique de Lille in Belgium, Lyliose Nduhungirehe began her career working for a construction company in Brussels, but she quickly switched paths to Information Technology.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • MS_new pastor_Page_1.tiff Local church welcomes new pastor

    For one of Edmond’s newest pastors, faith and family intersect on a personal level.
    Sam Powers, pastor at Edmond 1st United Methodist Church, 305 E. Hurd St., and his family arrived in mid-May and his first Sunday in the pulpit was the second one in June. He and his wife Sheryl Heaton Powers, have two children — Kyla will be an eighth-grader at Cheyenne Middle School and David will be a fifth-grader at John Ross Elementary.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • pm_Ramona Paul.jpg Keith, 5 others to receive service awards

    The 2014 Door-Opener Awards Gala dinner and silent auction Sept. 4, benefitting ASTEC Charter Schools, will recognize five outstanding Oklahomans and one Kansan for lifetime contributions made toward helping others in society maximize potential and achieve dreams.
    Those selected to receive a Door-Opener Award at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel event include Dr. Harvey Dean, Pittsburg, Kan.; Toby Keith and Tricia Covel, Norman; Former Gov. George P. Nigh, Edmond; the late Dr. Ramona Paul, Edmond; and Natalie Shirley, Oklahoma City.

    July 28, 2014 2 Photos

  • Anderson Properties continues to grow

    Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties recently announced the acquisition of Tulsa-based Prudential Alliance Realty, an eight-office, 150-agent brokerage operating in Tulsa and Oklahoma City and Edmond.
    The transaction gives Anderson Properties, a full-service real estate agency a total of 38 offices and more than 600 agents.

    July 28, 2014

  • Logan County pays off jail tax early, seeks new one

    Logan County is paying off a sales tax ahead of schedule and needs a new one to be able to afford funding jail operation and maintenance, officials said.
    Citizens vote on the county sales tax which is split for redistribution by state law. The tax is collected by the Oklahoma Tax Commission and redistributed back to the county as specified by voters.
    In 2005, citizens passed a 10-year sales tax, scheduled to end next month, to fund the building, operation and maintenance of the county jail, which operates on a $1.3 million budget. Jail capacity is 188 without anyone in a holding cell or a temporary bunk. Thursday it was holding 130 inmates, said Logan County Chief Deputy Richard Stephens.

    July 26, 2014

  • MS_Andy Billups.jpg Local man relies on experience in July 4 emergency

    Andy Billups just happened to have gained experience as a combat zone firefighter/medic while he was serving as a civilian contractor in Iraq.
    The Edmond businessman just happened to have a friend with a place on Grand Lake where he has been viewing Independence Day fireworks for a number of years, and he just happened to be there July 4.
    And he just happened to be relaxing on a hammock when he heard a some kids making a commotion.
    Located two blocks east of Disney on State Highway 28 in the foothills of the Ozark Mountain Range in northeast Oklahoma, the 59,000-plus surface acre Grand Lake is known for its state parks, marinas, restaurants, motels and fishing.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • -1.jpg 5-year-old learns valuable lessons

    It is never too soon to learn about giving and receiving. An Edmond 5-year-old recently learned about both.
    Kendall Kingry will be entering kindergarten at Will Rogers Elementary this fall and she is already looking forward to November.
    “I get to go to Disneyland in November,” Kendall said.

    July 26, 2014 2 Photos

Featured Ads
NDN Video
'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Sneak Peek GMA: Dog passes out from excitment to see owner Chapter Two: Designing for Naomi Watts Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Florida Keys Webcam Captures Turtles Hatching Morgan Freeman Sucks Down Helium on 'Tonight Show' Robin Wright Can Dance! (WATCH) She's Back! See Paris Hilton's New Carl's Jr. Ad Big Weekend For Atlanta Braves In Cooperstown - @TheBuzzeronFox Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director What's Got Jack Black Freaking Out at Comic-Con? Doctors Remove 232 Teeth From Teen's Mouth Bradley Cooper Explains His Voice in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Deja vu: Another NYPD officer choke-holding a suspect 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Reports: Ravens RB Ray Rice Suspended For 1st 2 Games Of The Season Air Algerie plane with 119 on board missing over Mali Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years
Poll

If the Republican runoff for the 5th District congressional seat were today, which candidate would you vote for?

Patrice Douglas
Steve Russell
Undecided
     View Results