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Early voting for school board election begins Friday

Early voting for the Feb. 12 school board elections will take place 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Monday at county election board offices statewide. Nearly 400 candidates will vie for 172 school board slots at the election. Several school, county and municipal bond issues also will be decided.
BY ZEKE CAMPFIELD Published: February 7, 2013

Early voting starts Friday in 70 Oklahoma counties participating in the Feb. 12 school board elections.

Nearly 400 candidates will vie for 172 local school board slots during the annual statewide elections.

Voters will also decide on about 40 school bond issues, nine different municipal and county questions, and a dozen municipal offices.

Residents in four school districts will also decide whether to annex or consolidate with neighboring districts.

Several school districts in Oklahoma County will ask district patrons to support multimillion dollar bond issues.

In Edmond, voters will decide on two issues totaling $80 million that would fund new elementary and middle schools as well new buses and upgrades to facilities districtwide.

Patrons of the Harrah School District will decide on nearly $37 million in issues to fund classroom additions to the elementary, junior high and high school, security upgrades at each school, a new football and soccer stadium and buses.

A $6 million bond issue in the Putnam City School District would fund technology upgrades, and school officials in Western Heights are looking for nearly $23 million to fund a new stadium, renovate the band room, upgrade security and buy new buses.

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