School districts' voters to decide projects

School upgrades in Edmond, Moore among issues on ballot Tuesday
BY ZEKE CAMPFIELD zcampfield@opubco.com Modified: February 8, 2013 at 11:39 pm •  Published: February 10, 2013
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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.

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