Midwest City-Del City school bond issue passes

After narrowly defeating a much larger bond proposal last year, voters in the Mid-Del school district gave approval to a $90.5 million bond measure Tuesday.

BY PAUL MONIES Modified: September 13, 2011 at 11:00 pm •  Published: September 13, 2011
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Midwest City-Del City School District voters approved a $90.5 million bond package Tuesday, less than a year after narrowly defeating a much larger proposal.

The measure passed with 81 percent of the vote in unofficial results. With all 42 precincts reporting, 4,254 votes were in favor, and 1,026 were against.

Approval of the bond proposition, which will last up to 7

years, is not expected to raise taxes for property owners.

Pam Twidwell, interim superintendent, said last year’s narrow defeat — by just a few votes — focused the effort this year. The proposal last year totaled $191 million over 15 years.

“This was a completely different bond,” Twidwell said Tuesday night.

“It was not the same bond, nor the same projects. We went back to the table and started from the beginning again. We worked four, hard months doing our needs assessment and getting ideas. We are just so pleased that the community and our school district have supported the bond.”

Twidwell said district leaders will meet later this week to begin work with engineers to get plans and bids ready.

Mid-Del will receive about $8 million from the bond issue in January and the remainder in spring 2012, she said.

The bond will pay for new schools at the campuses of East Side and Soldier Creek elementary schools.

An addition is planned for Del City Elementary School.

Other proceeds will go toward repairs and renovations throughout the district.