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Deer Creek School Board proposes $5 million bond election

The Deer Creek Board of Education has proposed a $5 million bond election in May to help complete projects started with a $142 million bond package.
BY JONATHAN SUTTON Modified: March 8, 2013 at 6:20 pm •  Published: March 9, 2013

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.

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