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Mid-Del School District voters will consider $90.5 million bond issue

Residents in the Midwest City-Del City School District will go to the polls Sept. 13 to vote on a new $90.5 million school bond issue that calls for two new elementary schools and upgrades to every school or facility in the district.
BY TRICIA PEMBERTON Published: July 13, 2011

— Midwest City-Del City School District voters are being asked to go to the polls Sept. 13 to decide on a $90.5 million school bond issue that would result in two new elementary schools and upgrades at every school and facility in the district.

The school board approved the bond election and its list of projects at Monday night's regular board meeting. The resolution passed by a 4-0 vote. Board President Tim Blanton was absent.

There were no questions or comments from the public.

“We are so excited about our upcoming bond election,” interim Superintendent Pam Twidwell said via a video shown at the meeting. “We're especially pleased that we have received so much input from parents, civic leaders, community members and our staff.”

Also shown on video were several school principals giving voters a list of bond issue projects that have benefitted their schools in the past and that would benefit their schools in the future if the new bond issue were to pass. While none of the principals asked voters directly for a yes vote, they did ask them to help keep school district pride alive — the theme of bond issue material.

Twidwell said the bond issue will not increase taxes in the district, as bonds will replace others that are expiring.

She also reminded voters that a supermajority of 60 percent in favor is required to pass school bond issues.

Proposal is new

In material distributed to the media about the bond issue, school administrators stress this is a new bond issue. An earlier $191 million bond issue was narrowly defeated by voters in December. The project list then required several school closures and consolidations.

The coming bond issue calls for new schools to be built on the campuses of East Side and Soldier Creek elementary schools and a large addition to Del City Elementary School.

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