EDMOND — An $80 million bond issue proposed by the school district to build new elementary and middle schools would also fund remodeling and maintenance of the district's current 23 campuses.
The new middle school would cost $27 million to build and the elementary school $16.5 million. Also budgeted is $3.2 million for the purchase of at least 80 acres for a new high school complex to be built in the future.
The proposed remodeling and improvement efforts include:
Purchasing and installing technological tools such as computers, software, phone systems and copiers for $6.8 million.
Roof replacements at Edmond North High School and Russell Dougherty and Northern Hills elementary campuses for $1.7 million.
Enhancing school security at Boulevard Academy and at Memorial, North and Santa Fe high schools and at Angie Debo, Centennial, Northern Hills and West Field elementary campuses for $400,000.
Purchasing athletic and fine arts equipment for high schools and middle schools, as well as elementary kitchen equipment, maintenance vehicles, library books, software subscriptions and instructional equipment for $3.5 million.
Improving heating and air conditioning at Sunset Elementary and Cimarron Middle School for $1.53 million.
Replacing floor and carpet at Cheyenne and Summit middle schools for $1.25 million.
Constructing six additional classrooms at Frontier Elementary for $2.1 million.
Improving the cafeteria, kitchen, classrooms and hallways at Orvis Risner Elementary for $2.55 million.
Improving, expanding, remodeling and equipping the kitchen at Sunset Elementary for $1 million.
Improving the science rooms, hallways, classrooms and gym at Memorial High School for $2.5 million.
Improving the flooring, auditorium, hallways, lockers, wall tiles, lights and restrooms at North High School for $2.5 million.
Improving the restrooms, flooring, lockers, roof, gym, cafeteria and classrooms at Santa Fe High School for $2.6 million.
Converting the vacated maintenance building at 612 W Campbell into a custodial building and central receiving warehouse. The conversion will cost $850,000.
Constructing a new parking lot and storage building at the District Board of Education and Professional Development Training Center for $750,000.
Repairing running tracks at Memorial, North and Santa Fe high schools for $475,000.
Installing ADA playground equipment at Chisholm, Clegern, Cross Timbers, Will Rogers, Charles Haskell, Northern Hills, Washington Irving, Ida Freeman, West Field, Centennial and Angie Debo elementaries for $1 million.
Purchasing school buses and maintenance vehicles for $1.79 million.
Superintendent David Goin said since the new bond will replace retiring bonds, a yes vote won't raise taxes.
The continuous support from voters that the district has received for more than half a century is still needed today, Goin said.
“The Edmond community has long valued quality schools for our children and passage of bond issues is a very significant investment towards that purpose. Excellent schools are an economic driver; they contribute to quality of life and add value to the community,” Goin said.
School Board President Jamie Underwood, said the remodeling will prevent excessive wear and tear and ensure student safety.
“A lot of it is ongoing maintenance just like what you would have done to your home. You always have a roof that needs to be repaired or carpet that needs to be replaced. We would rather keep up with the maintenance than let the schools go to a state of disrepair,” Underwood said.
All registered voters who live within school district boundaries qualify to vote including those who live outside the city limits of Edmond.