EDMOND — A bond proposal that would pay for land for a fourth Edmond high school will go before voters in February.
Members of the Edmond Public Schools Board have set Feb. 12 for an $80 million bond election, asking voters to approve $27 million for a new middle school, $16.5 million for a new elementary school and $3.2 million to buy 80 acres for a new high school complex.
An exact location is still being negotiated, but school board President Jamie Underwood said the school would likely be built east of Interstate 35.
“It's definitely planning for the future,” Underwood said. “Land's at a premium and to get it in a location that we need is important. Obviously at that time we will have to redistrict everything but that will be down the line.”
George Cohlmia, who represents District 4 on the school board, said there isn't a pressing need for a new high school, but it's only a matter of time.
“I don't know if you would say we have a need today for a new high school but we know we are going to need one,” Cohlmia said. “In my mind, it'll be about six or eight years.”
The new elementary school, the 17th in the district, will be on Sorghum Mill Road. The new middle school will be on N Pennsylvania, just south of Frontier Elementary school.
Among the reasons the district listed for the $80 million bond issue is to keep up with expansion in the 22,500-student district, which grew by about 2,200 students in the past four years.
The bond money would also expand facilities to accommodate growth, maintain and upgrade existing facilities and support academic and co-curricular programs.
Since no bonds were issued in 2012, Underwood said, she wants to stress to residents that their property taxes will not increase.
“We just want to make sure people understand that because when you look at the amount it looks like a lot,” she said. “Since we didn't have a bond in 2012, it will not increase property taxes.”