MIDWEST CITY — Midwest City-Del City School District voters are being asked to go to the polls Sept. 13 to decide on a $90.5 million school bond issue that would result in two new elementary schools and upgrades at every school and facility in the district.
The school board approved the bond election and its list of projects at Monday night's regular board meeting. The resolution passed by a 4-0 vote. Board President Tim Blanton was absent.
There were no questions or comments from the public.
“We are so excited about our upcoming bond election,” interim Superintendent Pam Twidwell said via a video shown at the meeting. “We're especially pleased that we have received so much input from parents, civic leaders, community members and our staff.”
Also shown on video were several school principals giving voters a list of bond issue projects that have benefitted their schools in the past and that would benefit their schools in the future if the new bond issue were to pass. While none of the principals asked voters directly for a yes vote, they did ask them to help keep school district pride alive — the theme of bond issue material.
Twidwell said the bond issue will not increase taxes in the district, as bonds will replace others that are expiring.
She also reminded voters that a supermajority of 60 percent in favor is required to pass school bond issues.
Proposal is new
In material distributed to the media about the bond issue, school administrators stress this is a new bond issue. An earlier $191 million bond issue was narrowly defeated by voters in December. The project list then required several school closures and consolidations.
The coming bond issue calls for new schools to be built on the campuses of East Side and Soldier Creek elementary schools and a large addition to Del City Elementary School.
East Side will absorb all of Traub Elementary School and some Sooner Rose Elementary School students when those schools close. Del City Elementary School will get the majority of Sooner Rose students.
The board in April sold Traub and Sooner Rose but is leasing the buildings back from the purchasers for three and four years, respectively.
Twidwell explained that at Soldier Creek, on the corner of SE 15 and Douglas Boulevard, traffic congestion and safety concerns prompted administrators to request a new building be built farther back on the property. She also cited deterioration of the school, which was built in 1944.
Classroom and restroom remodeling or expansion, heating and air upgrades, flooring, roofing, security enhancements, lighting and athletic facility upgrades are among the projects being requested at other schools.
The bond issue also calls for almost $2.9 million for districtwide information technology upgrades and $1.1 million for management and support contracts and bond fees.
The bond financing structure is different from the bond requested in December. This bond issue will mature in a series of eight five-year general-obligation bonds, with an interest rate that will not exceed 10 percent.
The previous issue would have been lease-revenue bonds, which allow school districts to borrow larger sums of money for longer terms at higher interest rates.
The length of this bond payout will be 7.5 years. The previous bond payout would have been 16 years.
For a list of all bond projects, go to www.