The Edmond Sun

May 14, 2013

Deer Creek passes $5 million Special Bond Issue

Patty Miller
The Edmond Sun

OKLA. CITY — In a school district where school bond issues are expected to pass, Deer Creek School District voters voted to pass yet another one.

A $5 million special bond election was being decided, and voters left the polling sites voted overwhelmingly to pass the bond.

Of the 20 precincts reporting, 557 voters turned out to cast their ballots. Total votes for the proposition were 433 (77.7 percent). Total votes against the proposition were 124 (22.3 percent).

The bond issue will provide funds for completing projects started with the October 2009 passage of Bond Package 39 for $142.1 million.

The $142 million was used in addition to the $10.5 million from a 2006 package that has gone toward completing the district’s new middle school, high school stadium, transportation facility, multi-sport complex and media center among other expansions and purchases.

The $5 million will be used for the purpose of constructing, equipping, repairing and remodeling school buildings, acquiring school furniture, fixtures and equipment and acquiring and improving school sites.

“Those buildings include Spring Creek Elementary, or elementary No. 5, the Freshman Academy including a new cafeteria, high school addition including a new cafeteria, and the Performing Arts and Athletic Center,” Superintendent Ranet Tippins said.

A compressed building schedule from 10 years to three years and unforeseen construction costs resulted in the district needing to increase its budget 3.2 percent said former Board President David Miller.