Edmond school district's proposed $80 million bond includes remodeling

The bond proposal to be decided by voters on Feb. 12 includes the construction of new schools and improvements on existing ones.
BY NASREEN IQBAL niqbal@opubco.com Published: January 30, 2013

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.

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