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Rose State College officials in Midwest City propose $21.9 million bond issue

Officials are proposing a bond issue they hope to use for renovation and repair projects across the campus. Chief among those projects are expanding and renovating the library, repairing the swimming pool and upgrading equipment, said college President Terry Britton.
by Silas Allen Modified: January 29, 2013 at 9:07 pm •  Published: January 30, 2013

“We can do a lot of things to make the pool appear nicer,” Leland said. “You can't clean age.”

The roof above the pool area leaks. Water damage from the leaking roof has caused a number of problems, Leland said, including forcing the aquatics coordinator to move her office. One door to the sauna has warped so badly it no longer opens, he said.

“It's the little things that add up,” he said.

Britton said the college first laid fiber optics in 1995, and the infrastructure hasn't been updated since then. The bond package includes $4.9 million for information technology improvements, including $3.5 million for improvements to the fiber optic infrastructure.

Connectivity has become a problem on campus, Britton said. The math lab is designed to be remotely accessible, meaning a student sitting anywhere on campus should be able to access it online. But students have complained of being unable to access the lab because of data traffic issues, Britton said.

Rose State last proposed a bond issue in 2005. That bond issue brought the college $7.65 million that funded the construction of the Professional Training Center, a facility designed to accommodate Tinker Air Force Base civilians and others attending specialized classes.

The college is scheduled to pay off the 2005 bond in 2015.

by Silas Allen
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri.
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