NORMAN — Norman School District is in the midst of more than $109 million in capital improvements in only three years, and that doesn't include the spacious Truman Primary School that opened in August. "It's huge,” fifth-grader Thomas Astani exclaimed after walking into the new school for kindergartners through second-graders. So are the school district's capital plans through 2013. Norman voters in December 2009 approved a $109.7 million bond issue for improvements at all schools, the construction of yet another elementary school and the purchase of new buses. The school to be built in southeast Norman will be the district's 17th elementary school. Students move on from elementary school to one of four middle schools — Alcott, Irving, Longfellow and Whittier — and then to Norman or Norman North high schools. The funds will finance the newest classroom technology and renovations or classroom additions for every school in the district, along with upgrades for indoor and outdoor athletics facilities and updated fire and security equipment. With low interest rates and pressing needs, the district is accelerating its timetable for completing all 51 projects, Superintendent Joe Siano said. Cleveland County commissioners last spring voted to issue $65 million in lease revenue bonds to lend Norman schools in order to get dozens of projects started faster. Siano said at the time that "this takes a six- to eight-year process down to three years.” District officials expect the capital projects to address the quality of education in addition to quantity of students. Norman schools had 14,366 students as of Oct. 1, 2009. An early estimate in August 2010 showed an increase to 14,517 students. "This investment in capital is going to pay off for years down the road,” Siano said during a school board meeting. "It will mean improved facilities and improved opportunities for our students.” Away from the classroom, the Norman North High School boys soccer team won the Class 6A championship in 2010, marking the program's third state title since 2000. Norman High School has won state titles in several sports over the years, including the 2005 championship in girls basketball. Both high schools have performed well at the state level in speech and debate, with Norman High winning several state titles in the past 10 years. The school district's Web site address is www.norman.k12.ok.us.