Edmond, Moore voters approve school bond issues

Major bond issues got resounding support from school district patrons in Edmond and Moore. Issues were also approved in Western Heights and Putnam City districts during Tuesday's elections across Oklahoma. Voters in Harrah, however, approved one bond issue but rejected a second.
BY ZEKE CAMPFIELD zcampfield@opubco.com Modified: February 12, 2013 at 11:57 pm •  Published: February 13, 2013
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New school facilities are coming to Edmond and Moore after voters in each school district overwhelmingly approved multimillion-dollar bond issue propositions Tuesday.

Similar propositions were approved at Western Heights and Putnam City school districts, but the outcome was less positive in Harrah, where school officials saw a major bond proposition shot down narrowly by voters.

Edmond Superintendent David Goin said he was “not surprised” by the support from his district's voters.

Two propositions, totaling $80 million together, were each approved with about 79 percent support. The money will be used to build new elementary and middle schools, new buses and several other remodel and maintenance projects districtwide, Goin said.

“We're very grateful for the positive turnout,” he said. “There will be a special board meeting planned for next Tuesday, the 19th, for the school board to establish the date and location for the sales of the first series of bonds.”

Construction of the new elementary school will start sometime this summer or early fall and should be open for the 2014-15 school year, he said. The new middle school will be open one year later.

“Over the last five years we've grown over 2,600 students — that's a lot of kiddos,” Goin said. “This will help us adequately address the growth that's even continuing. Even over the last two or three months, we've grown another 30 students.”

Moore Superintendent Susan Pierce said she was pleased with turnout and support for two bond issues in her district that together totaled almost $126.5 million.

The first issue ($122.2 million for construction projects) passed with 74 percent approval; the second ($4.3 million for transportation equipment) with 73 percent approval.

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