NORMAN — A new elementary school, multiple classroom additions and building renovations, and extensive technology upgrades are part of a nearly $110 million bond issue Norman School District voters will decide Dec. 8.
The bond issue includes two propositions: $105.58 million for improvement projects and $4.18 million for transportation needs. The Norman School Board approved the election during a special meeting Monday. "I think we’ve just taken a giant step forward for this district and the benefit of the students that go to school here,” said Linda Sexton, board president. It now will be up to voters. Bond proposals require 60 percent approval to pass. The bond issue is not expected to raise property taxes. "These (projects) are not just a wish list. These are much needed renovations,” said Darry Stacy, board member. The bond package includes a new elementary school at 24th Avenue SE and State Highway 9. The school is needed to keep up with the district’s growing student population, said Superintendent Joe Siano. It would house about 500 students when completed. Classroom additions at six elementary schools also are part of the bond issue. The additions will help to get rid of many of the temporary buildings Norman schools use now. There would be extensive renovations at each of the district’s four middle schools, totaling more than $24 million. More than $7 million worth of work would be done at the district’s two high schools.