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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

— Rose State College officials are proposing a $21.9 million bond issue they hope to use for renovation and repair projects across campus.

Chief among the projects are expanding and renovating the library, repairing the swimming pool and upgrading technical equipment, said college President Terry Britton.

“Those must be done,” Britton said.

The 15-year bond issue will go before voters in the Rose State College Technical Area Education District on March 5. The district includes the Mid-Del school district and portions of the Choctaw and Oklahoma City school districts.

College officials project the bond issue would raise property taxes by $1.67 per month on a $100,000 home, Britton said.

With a price tag of $7.2 million, the largest project in the bond package would be expanding the Learning Resource Center. The library was expanded in 1981, Britton said. Since then, a number of services, including testing and tutoring, have moved into the library, creating space issues.

Officials haven't put together design concepts for the expansion, Britton said, but are considering the idea of expanding the library to envelop a small, free-standing auditorium nearby. That space would continue to be used as a lecture area, he said.

The bond package also includes $675,000 for swimming pool deck renovations and $575,000 for a new roof over the pool. The pool has deteriorated beyond the point where the college can continue to make repairs effectively, said Chris Leland, director of the Health and Wellness Center.

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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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