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Security enhancements, new buses highlight Midwest City-Del City bond issues

A $10 million bond issue would pay for security upgrades and safe rooms while a separate $400,000 bond issue would provide new school buses in the Midwest City-Del City School District.
by Matt Patterson Published: February 8, 2014

Voters in the Midwest City-Del City School District will decide Tuesday on a $10 million bond issue that would enhance security at the district's 30 sites.

The bond election was approved by the board in December. If the measure passes, it would provide funds for the installation of security vestibules at all campuses, surveillance camera upgrades, fencing, four safe rooms, lighting and electronic locks for doors.

A separate $400,000 bond proposition would provide more buses for the district's fleet.

The bond proposal must be approved by 60 percent of voters to pass. It would raise property taxes by about $4 per month for a home valued at $100,000.

“With the passage of this bond issue, we will have four safe rooms in the district — two on the Midwest City side and two on the Del City side,” Mid-Del Schools Superintendent Pam Deering said. “We are so proud that we are at the forefront of weather safety needs as we make progress with safe rooms.”

But the security enhancements will have a bigger impact on day-to-day operations. Midwest City Police Chief Brandon Clabes said times have changed, and with that comes the need for more secure buildings.

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by Matt Patterson
Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun....
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