EDMOND — An $80 million bond package, the largest in the history of the Edmond school district, will be on the ballot Tuesday.
Voters will be asked to vote on two propositions, and Superintendent David Goin said since new bonds will replace retiring ones, a yes vote won't raise taxes.
One proposition is for $78.21 million. Its main components are the construction of the district's 17th elementary school for $16.5 million, a sixth middle school for $27 million, and paying $3.2 million for the purchase of at least 80 acres for a new high school complex to be built in the future.
The bond money also would go toward remodeling and maintenance of the district's current 23 campuses.
The need for the new schools is a result of the district's rapid growth. The district has grown by 2,200 students in the past four years, and the growth in the student population is expected to continue, school officials said.
The second proposition is for $1.79 million to purchase buses and maintenance vehicles.
Voters have typically shown strong support for the school district's bond packages.
“Beginning in September of 1959, Edmond Public Schools voters have approved 54 consecutive bond issues — continuous support for more than half a century,” Goin said.
Registered voters, who live within Edmond school district boundaries, including those who live outside the city limits of Edmond, qualify to vote.
A 60 percent vote is needed for approval.
Voters can cast their ballot from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at their local polling places. To find a polling place near you, go to www.elections.ok.gov.
Contributing: Staff Writer Diana Baldwin