Oklahoma elections: Mid-Del bond narrowly fails; Edmond bond passes

A $191 million plan to streamline the Midwest City-Del City School District narrowly failed Tuesday. In Edmond, voters approved a $29.9 million proposal for school improvements and a competition swimming pool.
BY BOB DOUCETTE bdoucette@opubco.com Modified: December 15, 2010 at 8:15 am •  Published: December 15, 2010
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A $191 million proposal that would have built four new elementary schools and expanded two middle schools in the Midwest City-Del City School District narrowly failed Tuesday while in Edmond, voters approved a $29.9 million plan to make school improvements and build a competition-ready swimming pool.

The Mid-Del bond just missed passage — 59.63 percent of those who voted were in favor of it, but 60 percent was needed — causing disappointment with the proposal's supporters.

“The patrons of the Mid-Del Public Schools have clearly stated that their preference is to maintain existing facilities and, therefore, require the district to reduce expenditures through other means,” district spokeswoman Stacey Boyer said in a prepared statement.

School administrators had planned to close four elementary schools and two middle schools, then redistribute student populations between the remaining schools and the four new ones that were to be built.

Two other middle schools would have been expanded to help achieve the district's goals.

The move was meant to be one which would save the district money, but now other methods of cutting costs will have to be explored, which could include personnel cuts, school officials said.

“While all other cost- saving strategies will be explored, the reality that 90 percent of the district's current expenses are directly tied to people indicates that other options are extremely limited,” Boyer said.

As part of the plan, Traub, Steed, Highland Park and Sooner Rose elementary schools would have closed.

New schools would have been built on the campuses of Country Estates, East Side and Townsend elementary schools, school officials said.

Traub students would've gone to Country Estates, Steed to East Side, Highland Park would've been divided between Townsend and Epperly Park, and Sooner Rose would have gone to Del City Elementary School or Country Estates.