EDMOND — Many projects await action by the Edmond schools board in the coming year, including the search for a new superintendent and a goal to have storm shelters at every campus.
Board members this week approved those and other objectives in the district’s operating goals for the 2014-15 school year.
The board, dealing with increasing enrollment, in July awarded the last of an $80 million school bond package approved by voters in 2013. The $80 million is for school renovations and construction of two new campuses — Heritage Elementary and a new middle school, Heartland.
Heritage is scheduled to open next year and Heartland in 2016. The board also voted Monday to approve nearly $1 million for buses and other vehicles.
Future needs for Edmond schools continue, and bond elections are planned to be held in February as well as in February 2017.
Susan Parks-Schlepp, director of public information, said the bond issues, if approved, would total between $80 million and $84 million. Putting shelters in all schools would be a priority in the bonds, she said.
Edmond campuses with shelter rooms now include Angie Debo, Centennial, Cross Timbers, Frontier, Washington Irving and West Field elementary schools, Cheyenne Middle School and Edmond Santa Fe High School.
Parks-Schlepp said 7,850 students now have access to designed storm shelters. Another 4,100 students can be protected in belowground building areas. That is about half of the student population of 23,000.
Edmond schools with partial underground sheltering are Charles Haskell, Chisholm, Northern Hills and Will Rogers elementary schools, Central, Sequoyah, Summit and Cimarron middle schools and Edmond North High School.
Schools, built before 1990, that do not have a shelter or partial underground sheltering are Clegern, Clyde Howell, Ida Freeman, John Ross, Orvis Risner, Russell Dougherty and Sunset elementary schools and Edmond Memorial High School.
The district’s older schools would be the first to get shelters, Parks-Schlepp said. They would be built into the current design of each school and would serve a dual purpose. Some of the safe rooms could also be band rooms, gymnasiums or libraries.
In other goals set for the upcoming year, the school board will look for a successor for superintendent David Goin. Goin, 60, has held that post the past 15 years. He announced in January he would be stepping down in July 2015 to spend time with family.