The Edmond Sun
Tuesday night Edmond Board of Education members set a bond election for Nov. 8 in the amount of $35.54 million, and a new elementary school is included in the total amount.
The bond election is the 53rd to go before voters in the Edmond school district and has two propositions.
At the top of the bond list is the construction of a new grade school on North Pennsylvania between Danforth and Covell for an initial cost of $15 million.
Boulevard Academy, the oldest school in use in the district, will be looking at $3 million in renovations.
Technology is changing rapidly and being added to or replaced every year and $2.9 million will go toward the purchase and installation of computer technology.
The district has a policy to replace roofs every 20 years to keep repairs at a minimum, said Bret Towne, associate superintendent of district operations. Roofs will be replaced or repaired at two schools.
Nine schools will be recipients of video surveillance and security equipment.
Improvements in district schools will include the purchase of athletic equipment, fine arts and child nutrition kitchen equipment. Also, library/media center books, instructional equipment, instructional materials and textbooks as needed will also be funded.
Four elementary schools will receive additional classrooms while others will receive improvements including carpet and HVAC.
Energy conservation methods will be taken at Memorial High School and Santa Fe High School.
Proposition No. 2 includes the purchase of transportation assets in the amount of $900,000. State law requires that bond issues for transportation be separate from bond issues for buildings and equipment. At this time the district tries to replace buses at an average age of eight years, Towne said.
Any registered voter in the Edmond school district may vote, and the measure must receive 60 percent of the votes cast to pass.
“Ten years ago the district moved to 5-year payouts on bonds,” Superintendent David Goin said, “and passing the bond issue would not reflect any increase in the tax rate.”
Proposition No. 1
Technology: Provide for improvements to the Edmond School District to include, but not limited to, purchasing and installing computers, computer software, technology related equipment, wireless networking equipment, phone systems, copiers and technology related support services. $2,950,000
Roofing replacement: Improve Sequoyah Middle School and North High School to include but not limited to replacement of certain roofing. $960,000
School security: Provide for improvements to the Edmond School District, to include, but not be limited to the purchase of video surveillance and security equipment to be installed at Central Middle School, Clyde Howell Early Childhood Center and Orvis Risner, Sunset, Ida Freeman, Russell Dougherty, Cross Timbers, Will Rogers and West Field elementary schools. $200,000
School equipment: Provide for improvements to the Edmond School District, to include but not limited to, the purchasing of athletic equipment and fine arts equipment, as needed and as funds allow at district high schools and middle schools, the purchase of child nutrition kitchen equipment, library/media center books, instructional equipment, instructional materials and textbooks as needed and as funds will allow at all school sites. $1,600,000
John Ross Elementary: Improve John Ross Elementary to include but not be limited to, replacement of HVAC units. $600,000
Will Rogers Elementary: Improve Will Rogers Elementary, to include but not be limited to, the replacement of carpet. $280,000
Centennial Elementary: Improve Centennial Elementary to include but not be limited to, construction and equipping of a six-classroom addition. $2,200,000
New Elementary School: Construct Phase I of a new elementary school north of Danforth and south of Covell on Pennsylvania to include, but not be limited to approximately 75,000 square feet to include initially at least 25 classrooms, restrooms, administrative area, media center, cafeteria, kitchen, gymnasium, parking and associated infrastructure. $15,000,000.
Northern Hills Elementary: Improve Northern Hills Elementary to include but not be limited to, remodeling and equipping of the six classrooms and restrooms in the southwest corner of the school, media center and former administrative area. $2,000,000
Angie Debo Elementary: Improve Angie Debo Elementary, to include but be limited to, constructing and equipping a 6-classroom addition to the existing facility. $2,300,00
Washington Irving Elementary: Improve Washington Irving Elementary to include but not be limited to, constructing and equipping a six-classroom addition to the existing facility and re-surfacing existing asphalt parking. $2,550,000
Boulevard Academy: Provide for improvements to Boulevard Academy, to include but not limited to renovating and re-constructing the interior of the building to include plumbing, electrical, HVAC, finishes, ceilings, flooring, cabinets, doors, walls, paint and technology devices. $3,000,000
Energy conservation measures: Provide for energy conservation improvements to Memorial High School, North High School and Santa Fe High School, to include but not limited to the purchase and installation of energy management control systems, replacement of inefficient HVAC, lighting and mechanical equipment, lighting control equipment, water wells and purchase and installation of new equipment designed to reduce energy consumption. $1,000,000
Proposition No. 1 Total is $34,640,000
Proposition No. 2
Purchase school transportation equipment to include, but not limited to, large school buses, small school buses and maintenance vehicles.
Proposition No. 2 Total is $900,000.
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