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Choctaw-Nicoma Park voters to consider school expansions

BY JESSE OLIVAREZ Published: November 29, 2008
CHOCTAW — Voters in December will decide on a record-setting, $96.7 million bond issue for the Choctaw-Nicoma Park School District.

The two-part proposal calls for $94.9 million in bond funds for new construction, including a new Choctaw Junior High School and Nicoma Park Elementary School, and $1.8 million for the purchase of 20 new buses.

Property taxes will not increase if the measures are passed, school district Superintendent Jim McCharen said.

The proposal is the largest the district has placed before voters.

Choctaw Junior High and Nicoma Park Elementary are the oldest buildings in the district — each more than 70 years old. Building two new schools would cost about $32 million, McCharen said.

District officials said they hope to use bond funds to construct 45 classrooms at five school sites. Plans also call for the construction of a new cafeteria at Westfall Elementary School and expansion of the cafeteria at Indian Meridian Elementary School.

Money also would be used to build new libraries and media centers at James Griffith Intermediate School and Choctaw Elementary School, according to the proposal.

The remaining funds would be used for renovations at every district school site, improvements to all district athletic facilities, security upgrades and classroom equipment.

If the bond issue passes, district officials said about $53.5 million would be available within months.


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