Voters in the Norman and Edmond school districts passed multimillion dollar bond issues Tuesday despite low voter turnout and widespread electricity outages that left some voting in the dark.
Norman voters approved a $42.135 million, two-year bond issue that will build a new primary school and construct classroom additions at several district schools with 80.65 percent approval, 4,118 yes to 988 no. A second proposal for $865,000 to buy buses, student activity vans and digital bus camera systems also passed by 81.25 percent.
The bond’s passage will allow the district to keep the quality of the district’s schools at the level students and patrons deserve, said Superintendent Joe Siano.
“This will provide space for current students and for future growth,” he said.
Norman’s bond issue, the largest in the district’s history, will ease overcrowding at Truman Elementary on the district’s west side. The school is Norman’s biggest elementary with 800 students and 12 temporary buildings to house them.
The new primary school for prekindergarten through second grade students will be built on property adjacent to Truman. It will cost more than $11 million.
Classroom additions at both high schools, Whittier Middle School, Lincoln Elementary and Roosevelt Elementary will be funded by bond money. Numerous maintenance projects also are planned. The construction projects are scheduled to be completed by June 2010, Siano said.
Difficult conditions kept voters from getting out, according to district officials. Several precincts were without power during the day.