Edmond-area voters gave early Christmas presents to two school districts Tuesday — one received a $36.2 million gift while the other received a lump of coal.
In Edmond, voters approved a $35.4 million proposition that called for the construction of new classrooms at Orvis Risner, Dougherty and Sunset elementary schools. Funds will also be used to build additions at Edmond North High School and Central Middle School. The second proposition, which totaled $800,000, will be used to purchase new buses, officials said. Property taxes will not increase, district officials said. Superintendent David Goin said he was pleased with the result of Tuesday’s vote. He said work will begin on the projects by late fall.
Guthrie voters say noVoters in the Guthrie school district rejected the school district’s plan to renovate several district buildings. Voters said no to a three-part bond proposition totaling $9.1 million. The three propositions garnered more than 54 percent approval but fell short of the 60 percent approval rate needed to pass. The three propositions called for extensive renovation work at the district’s junior high school and the addition of four classrooms. Funds also would have been used to buy new classroom equipment and for security improvements at the high school. Guthrie school officials did not immediately return calls for comment.