MIDWEST CITY — Rose State College officials are proposing a $21.9 million bond issue they hope to use for renovation and repair projects across campus.
Chief among the projects are expanding and renovating the library, repairing the swimming pool and upgrading technical equipment, said college President Terry Britton.
“Those must be done,” Britton said.
The 15-year bond issue will go before voters in the Rose State College Technical Area Education District on March 5. The district includes the Mid-Del school district and portions of the Choctaw and Oklahoma City school districts.
College officials project the bond issue would raise property taxes by $1.67 per month on a $100,000 home, Britton said.
With a price tag of $7.2 million, the largest project in the bond package would be expanding the Learning Resource Center. The library was expanded in 1981, Britton said. Since then, a number of services, including testing and tutoring, have moved into the library, creating space issues.
Officials haven't put together design concepts for the expansion, Britton said, but are considering the idea of expanding the library to envelop a small, free-standing auditorium nearby. That space would continue to be used as a lecture area, he said.
The bond package also includes $675,000 for swimming pool deck renovations and $575,000 for a new roof over the pool. The pool has deteriorated beyond the point where the college can continue to make repairs effectively, said Chris Leland, director of the Health and Wellness Center.
“We can do a lot of things to make the pool appear nicer,” Leland said. “You can't clean age.”
The roof above the pool area leaks. Water damage from the leaking roof has caused a number of problems, Leland said, including forcing the aquatics coordinator to move her office. One door to the sauna has warped so badly it no longer opens, he said.
“It's the little things that add up,” he said.
Britton said the college first laid fiber optics in 1995, and the infrastructure hasn't been updated since then. The bond package includes $4.9 million for information technology improvements, including $3.5 million for improvements to the fiber optic infrastructure.
Connectivity has become a problem on campus, Britton said. The math lab is designed to be remotely accessible, meaning a student sitting anywhere on campus should be able to access it online. But students have complained of being unable to access the lab because of data traffic issues, Britton said.
Rose State last proposed a bond issue in 2005. That bond issue brought the college $7.65 million that funded the construction of the Professional Training Center, a facility designed to accommodate Tinker Air Force Base civilians and others attending specialized classes.
The college is scheduled to pay off the 2005 bond in 2015.