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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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The funds will support two new elementary schools and a junior high, as well as preschool additions at five school sites, districtwide security upgrades, new buses and several other projects.

“Our community has been great to support us, and in turn, we will support them and the children in our district to get these projects completed in a timely manner,” Pierce said. “This is a good pass rate for a very large bond issue.”

Also in the metro area:

• Voters in the Putnam City school district narrowly approved a $6 million for technology upgrades with almost 61 percent approval.

• Two bond issues in the Western Heights school district totaling almost $23 million also were approved.

• Voters in the Harrah school district passed a $600,000 bond issue for new buses but rejected a $36 million bond issue for new construction.

Elsewhere in the state

Statewide, more than 150 school board candidates were elected, about 40 school bond issues and nine municipal and county questions were decided, and nine municipal officers were elected.

Graham and Dustin school districts in Okfuskee and Hughes counties, respectively, will consolidate and Farris Schools in Atoka County will be annexed by nearby Lane Schools.

Voters in the Strothers school district in Seminole County, however, overwhelmingly opposed partial annexation by Varnum Schools.

A runoff election is set for April 2 in school races where none of the candidates received more than 50 percent of the vote.