Eighty million dollars for new elementary and middle schools in Edmond; $37 million for classroom additions in Harrah.
Voters in school districts throughout Oklahoma County will decide the fate of several expensive building projects at the annual school elections on Tuesday.
Million-dollar improvements and repairs to school facilities in the Harrah, Putnam City and Western Heights districts are up for vote, as is an unprecedented $126.4 million project for three new schools in Moore.
Statewide, nearly 400 candidates for school board will vie for 172 different slots.
“Excellent schools are an economic driver; they contribute to quality of life and add value to the community,” said David Goin, superintendent at Edmond Schools.
In addition to the two new facilities, separate bond proposals in Edmond — if approved by voters on Tuesday — would fund remodel and maintenance projects at all the district's 23 campuses plus a whole slew of other projects..
At Moore Schools, district voters are asked to approve a $126.4 million, five-year bond package that would be the largest ever for the district.
The issue would fund two new elementary school and a junior high, as well as preschool additions at five elementary schools, systemwide security evaluations, roof work at several facilities and several other projects.
Patrons of Harrah Schools will decide on nearly $37 million in issues to fund classroom additions to the elementary, junior high and high school, security upgrades at each school, a new football and soccer stadium and buses.
A $6 million bond issue at Putnam City Schools would fund technology upgrades, and officials at Western Heights Schools are looking for nearly $23 million to fund a new stadium, renovate the band room, upgrade security and buy new buses.
About three dozen other school bond issues will be on ballots statewide, nine different municipal and county questions will be decided, and a dozen municipal offices will be filled.
Residents in four school districts will also decide whether to annex or consolidate with neighboring districts.
Most school board seats up for election Tuesday are four-year terms. School bond issues require 60 percent voter approval to pass. Polls will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Bring a photo ID or a voter registration card to vote.