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El Reno voters say no to new high school and school district renovation

Voters in the El Reno School District turned down $44.5 million in bond issues that would have built a new high school and renovated almost every other school in the district. The project would have increased property taxes by 6.6 percent.
BY MEGAN ROLLAND mrolland@opubco.com Published: November 8, 2011
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Goin thanked the public for the incredible support of the district.

“It's just been so long-standing and outstanding,” Goin said.

About $15 million will go to the new elementary school which will help meet the needs of a growing student population in west Edmond.

Additions and renovations are planned at the following schools with these estimated costs: Angie Debo Elementary, $2.3 million; Centennial Elementary, $2.2 million; Washington Irving Elementary, $2.5 million; Northern Hills Elementary, $2 million; Boulevard Academy High School, $3 million.

Several schools throughout the district will also receive new roofs, security and energy conservation upgrades and new heating and cooling systems.

A smaller bond issue was also approved by voters for $900,000 in transportation equipment.

Norman shelter approved

In Norman voters approved a $3 million expansion of the city's animal shelter.

The five-year bond issue for the expansion will increase property taxes by about $11 on a home worth $100,000. The proposition passed with almost 76 percent approval.

Currently the shelter holds 55 dogs and 25 cats. The shelter is projected to need space for 77 dogs and 57 cats in the year 2030.

Police Maj. J.D. Younger, who oversees the Animal Welfare Division in Norman, said that currently some adoptable animals are killed because there isn't space at the shelter. The expansion will help them meet the need for more adoptions.