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Norman residents to vote Feb. 11 on $126 million school bond issue

Norman residents go to the polls Tuesday to consider a $126 million, five-year bond proposal that would fund improvements for the school system.
by Jane Glenn Cannon Published: February 9, 2014
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/articleid/3932029/1/pictures/2341648">Photo - Joe Siano, superintendent of Norman Public Schools. PHOTO PROVIDED BY NORMAN PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Joe Siano, superintendent of Norman Public Schools. PHOTO PROVIDED BY NORMAN PUBLIC SCHOOLS

The freshman academies would help middle school students make the transition into high school more easily. A smooth transition could make the difference between a good high school experience and one that is not so successful, the superintendent said.

The collegiate centers would be devoted to helping seniors get ready for life after high school, whether that means college, a technology school or entering the workforce, Siano said.

About $14.5 million in the bond package would be dedicated to making technological improvements at every school in the system.

“We have a commitment to all kids, no matter what school they are attending, to ensure they have equal access to the tools that will make them successful,” Siano said.

Money from this bond election also would go toward making secure entrances at all schools.

Many of the schools received new entrances with money in the 2009 bond election, but this would mean every school's security issues would be addressed, Siano said.

Maintenance needs such as new roofs, lighting, flooring and athletic fields and equipment would be covered by this bond election, he said.

by Jane Glenn Cannon
Senior Reporter
A native of Oklahoma, Jane Glenn Cannon is an award-winning reporter who has covered everything from crime, courts and government to entertainment and features. She wrote a popular personal column for many years. She is a former associate writer...
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