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Edmond voters to decide $80 million school bond proposal

An $80 million bond issue would finance new elementary and middle schools and remodeling at other Edmond campuses.
BY NASREEN IQBAL Published: January 26, 2013

With passage of the bond, a new elementary school would be built on Sorghum Mill Road and would include at least 25 classrooms as well as a media center, gymnasium and cafeteria.

The proposed middle school would be built south of Frontier Elementary on Pennsylvania Avenue. The last middle school built in the district was Cheyenne, which opened in 2000.

While an exact location for the proposed high school is unknown, school board officials are looking for 80 acres of land east of Interstate 35, school board President Jamie Underwood said.

If the bond election passes, school officials hope to start construction on the schools this summer. They project the elementary school will open in the fall of 2014 and the middle school the following year.

School officials have not decided which students will attend the new schools.

“Feeder patterns have yet to be identified,” Goin said.

He said naming the schools is a process that will occur if the bond is passed.

Additional teachers and school workers would be hired for the two new campuses.

“While some teachers will be transferred from existing schools, additional teaching and support staff will be required,” Goin said.

Other proposals in the bond include enhancing school technology and security, roofing and floor replacement and the purchasing of new school buses.

All registered voters who live within school district boundaries can vote including those who live outside the Edmond city limits. Polling places on Feb. 12 will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

“The Edmond community has long valued quality schools for our children and passage of bond issues is a very significant investment toward that purpose. Excellent schools are an economic driver; they contribute to quality of life and add value to the community,” Goin said.