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.
Other proposalsSeveral other central Oklahoma school districts held bond elections Tuesday: • Voters in the Little Axe School District approved a $7.57 million bond proposition for school construction and repairs with almost 90 percent approval. • Two bond propositions for Crescent Public Schools barely passed with the required 60 percent majority. One proposition for $5.93 million in school construction and repairs passed with 62 percent of the votes. A second proposition for $380,000 in transportation equipment passed with almost 66 percent approval. • Voters in the Coyle School District approved a $4.38 million bond for school construction and repairs with 72 percent of the vote. • McLoud Public Schools won approval of a $1.6 million bond for school construction and repairs. The measure passed with 70 percent of the vote. • The Meeker School District had a $1.03 million bond proposition for school construction approved with 305 votes in favor and 77 votes against, or almost 80 percent approval. • Two propositions passed in the Oak Grove elementary school district. The first, for $45,000 in school repairs, received 85 percent of the vote. The second, for $80,000 in transportation equipment, passed with 84 percent approval. CONTRIBUTING: Staff Writer Megan Rolland