The Deer Creek school board is seeking approval of a $5 million bond initiative in a May 14 election.
The bond issue would help finance the final stages of projects that began with a 2009 bond package, including additions to the high school, a new elementary school, a performing arts and athletics center and expansions to the administrative offices.
The bond package, totaling $142.1 million, passed with 82 percent of the vote three years ago.
The $142 million along with $10.5 million from a 2006 package already has gone to completing the district's new middle school, high school stadium, transportation facility, multisport complex and media center among other expansions and purchases.
Superintendent Ranet Tippens said the additional $5 million will go mainly toward equipment and outfitting the new and renovated buildings and will not raise taxes.
Board President David Miller said the projects were originally intended to be completed during an eight-year period, but the board voted to speed them up in reaction to rising construction costs and district growth.
Miller said the accelerated plan, coupled with some unforeseen construction costs, resulted in the district needing to increase its budget 3.2 percent.
“You run into things you just didn't plan on,” Miller said. “Like when we were building (Spring Creek Elementary) we ran into drainage problem, and we had to make a change, which cost us a quarter of a million dollars.”
All eight construction projects are planned for completion by August 2013, according to a news release, and the bond issue will ensure projects are not delayed. Deer Creek will then have 14 new or renovated facilities.
“I regret that we're a little short, but it's pretty minute considering what the project has done for the district,” Miller said.
The deadline to register to vote is April 19.
Early voting will be held May 10 and 13 at the Oklahoma County Election Board office, 4201 N Lincoln Blvd. For information on registering to vote, visit http://www.oklahomacounty.org/electionboard/.