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Edmond voters pass $36.1 M school bond issue

BY JESSE OLIVAREZ Modified: November 10, 2009 at 9:39 pm •  Published: November 10, 2009

EDMOND — Voters in the Edmond School District passed a $36.1 million bond issue Tuesday that school officials said will help pave the way for all-day kindergarten.

Both of the measures on the ballot passed with more than 71 percent of the vote.

Superintendent David Goin said he was thankful for the community's support.

"Perhaps most importantly, this is going to add classroom spaces that are very much needed at the elementary school level to accommodate current growth, but also to allow us to be able to provide full-day kindergarten and to provide some pre-K classroom space in some of our schools that who do not have that capacity," he said.

About $27.3 million will go toward construction of new classrooms and renovation at eight schools, officials said.

The single largest project is a $6.6 million renovation of Memorial High School, which was built in the 1960s. While additions have been built, the main building has not received much attention over the years, officials said.

The school will receive new classrooms, hallways, lecture rooms, an art room and a consumer and family sciences room, officials said.

The rest of the bond will provide a variety of things, including computers, buses, textbooks, athletic and fine arts equipment and security upgrades.

The bond will not raise taxes, officials said.

Goin said the district will begin working on these projects immediately. In December, the school board will begin looking for architects and construction should begin on some projects in March, when the first set of bond funds becomes available, he said.


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