The Edmond Sun


February 12, 2013

Voters pass $80M school bond

EDMOND — The Edmond Public Schools 2013 bond issue passed Tuesday despite temperatures hovering around freezing and snow falling throughout the day that kept many voters home from the polls. As 715 absentee voters and 29 early voters sat in their warm homes or offices, the rest of those casting ballots had to brave the wet, cold weather to make their way to the polls.

The bond issue passed with all 56 precincts reporting. Proposition 1 passed with 3,444 in favor (79.4 percent) and 598 no votes (20.6 percent), according to combined election results from the Oklahoma County Election Board and the Logan County Election Board. Voters favored Proposition 2 with 3,422 ballots cast in favor (79 percent) and 911 no votes (21 percent).

Registered voters in the school district total more than 86,000 residents who live in Edmond, or outside the city limits in Oklahoma City or Logan County.

“We are grateful for the very positive turnout today,” said Superintendent David Goin. “The funds approved today will enable us to move forward with projects that are important for the future of Edmond Public Schools. Our goal will be to implement quality projects in a timely manner.”

Goin had told voters due to projected growth in the district’s property valuation and the retirement of outstanding bonds, it is anticipated that passage of this bond issue will maintain a stable tax rate for the homeowners in the Edmond School District.

“It is exciting to be part of a community that is so supportive of public education,” said Edmond Board of Education president Jamie Underwood. “It is truly a partnership between the taxpayers and the school district. Passage of this bond issue will help us to meet the needs brought about by the continuous growth our district is experiencing.”

The $80 million bond issue included two propositions. Proposition 1 for a total of approximately $78.21 million goes for land, new buildings, repair and renovation of old buildings and improvements throughout the district.

Proposition 2 for a total of $1.79 million will pay for school transportation equipment including large and small school buses and Suburbans.

Included in Proposition 1 are:

• Land for a new high school to be built within the next 10 years at a cost of $3.2 million;

• Building a new middle school and elementary school at a cost $43.5 million, and a 6-classroom addition to Frontier Elementary, the facility currently under construction, for $2.1 million;

• Technology will take another piece of the pie with $6.8 million being set aside to purchase new equipment and install what is needed, and school security installation and upgrading comes in at $400,000;

• Support facility improvements and construction of an additional parking lot and storage building at the Edmond Public Schools Administrative Center will cost $16 million while high school track improvements and ADA compliant playground equipment and impact material at the elementary schools will cost $3,675,000.

• The remainder of the bond will go for repair and renovation at Orvis Risner and Sunset elementary schools and Memorial, North and Santa Fe high schools.

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