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.
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.