MOORE — Voters in the Moore school district will decide Tuesday whether to approve a five-year bond issue package totaling $126.46 million, Superintendent Susan Pierce said.
If approved, the bonds would provide for construction, furnishing and equipping of two new elementary schools and one new junior high school. The bond issue would be the largest ever for the district, Pierce said.
An evaluation of security needs at all school sites also is planned as part of the bond issue.
The district, with a student population of 23,000, is the third-largest in the state, behind Oklahoma City and Tulsa.
Last year, the Moore district added 640 students, Pierce said. Continued growth across the 159-square-mile district is expected in coming years, Pierce said in a letter to school patrons on the district's website.
The district plans to build a one-story elementary school at 12627 S Portland Ave., and the district's first two-story elementary school at the intersection of SE 34 and Sunnylane Road. A new junior high is planned for 14141 S Pennsylvania Ave., Pierce said.
The bonds would also fund construction of preschool additions at five elementary schools: Northmoor, Central, Plaza Towers, Earlywine and Sky Ranch, Pierce said.
The bonds would help pay for districtwide security evaluations, Pierce said. The three new schools are designed to have a front-office area that can be locked off from the rest of the school once classes have started. To comply with fire codes, the locked doors can be opened outward by people who need to exit, she said.
The district is also reviewing the recommendations of state Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb's state commission on school security to determine which changes to make at district sites.
If approved, the bond would mean a property tax increase of about $12 for the owner of a home valued at $100,000.
To pass, the bond issue requires approval by a supermajority, at least 60 percent of the voters.
In a smaller bond issue, voters will consider whether to approve $4.27 million for purchase of buses and security surveillance systems.
Pierce said she has gotten positive comments from school patrons about the bond proposals.
Other items that would be funded by the larger bond include:
• Conversion of space occupied by a closed indoor swimming pool at Moore High School into a practice gym
• Construction of new restrooms and a concession building for Westmoore High School athletics
• Construction of a restroom and concession building at Moore High School's baseball facility
• Construction of a practice gym on the Southmoore High School campus
• A new band room for Southmoore High School
• Roof work at Moore West Junior High School, Highland West Junior High School, Southgate Elementary School, Fairview Elementary School and the district's Administrative Service Center
• Evaluation of computer needs and acquisition of new computers for the schools that need them
• Purchase of land for future schools