Bond issue to provide for increasing number of students
The bond will be addressing the ever-growing student population by purchasing land for a new high school, building a new middle school and elementary school, renovating existing facilities, purchasing technology, updating security measures and purchasing transportation vehicles.
With this bond issue, residents will be deciding if the district will be able to keep up with the student population growth, which has gone from a student population of 21,996 in the 2011 October student count to 22,501 in the Oct. 1 student count — an additional 505 students.
The Long Range Student Enrollment Projections and Capacity Study prepared for Edmond schools by Facility Program Management Inc. in association with McKibben Demographics Inc. projected the total enrollment for 2012-13 was 21,618.
“We currently have roughly 880 more students than the total projected,” said Susan Parks-Schlepp, district director of public information/community involvement. “For the year 2017-18 the study projected the district would have 22,207 students. This number has already been passed.”
Edmond Board of Education members are asking voters to approve $3.2 million to buy a minimum of 80 acres for a new high school complex, $27 million for a new middle school and $16.5 million for a new elementary school.
School officials are looking ahead to breaking ground for an additional high school in the next five to six years.
The new middle school will be on North Pennsylvania, just south of Edmond’s 16th elementary school, Frontier Elementary, now under construction. The additional elementary school, as yet unnamed, will be on Sorghum Mill Road and will become the district’s 17th elementary.
“Numerical growth over the last five years has exceeded 500 students per year, with an overall increase of about 2,600 students,” Goin said. “There is a need for an additional elementary school to accommodate growth in the north and northeast areas of the school district and for an additional middle school to accommodate growth along the western and north central areas of the school district.”
Goin added the passage of this bond issue will allow the district to construct new facilities to accommodate for the considerable growth in district student population.