Members of the Edmond School Board voted at their regular board meeting Dec. 5 to bring before voters a $111 million bond issue Feb. 14, 2017 to increase student safety, fund technology and upgrade and improve school buildings and campuses.
“The 2017 Bond Election has been carefully constructed to meet the needs of our growing district and allow for every school in the district to benefit either by receiving new educational materials, building upgrades and additions, or safety and technology improvements,” said Superintendent Bret Towne.
A significant portion of the bond money would be used to complete the process of having storm shelters on every campus to protect all 24,400 students and 2800 staff members. Edmond’s unique approach includes building the spaces that schools need (classroom additions, gymnasiums, media centers and band rooms) and reinforcing those spaces to serve as shelters. Passage of a 2015 bond election paved the way for shelters to be added at Russell Dougherty Elementary, Clegern Elementary and Clyde Howell Early Learning Center, John Ross Elementary, Sunset Elementary and Orvis Risner Elementary.
Other noteworthy projects in the 2017 bond proposal include upgrades to the football stadiums at Memorial High School and North High School which annually host hundreds of athletic, marching band and extracurricular practices, events and activities. Santa Fe High School received an upgraded stadium earlier this year.
Passage of the bond issue is not planned to raise homeowner’s taxes.
“As we have done with past bond issues, the district has planned this bond issue to keep the millage level stable between 24 and 25 mills,” said Towne. “The timing of bond sales will coincide with the retirement of existing bonds to support the district’s objective of sustaining a stable millage rate.”
All registered voters who live within Edmond Public School district boundaries qualify to vote including those residents who live outside the city limits of Edmond. Individuals should vote at their regular precincts.
The breakdown of the Feb. 14, 2017 bond issue is as follows:
Angie Debo and Cross Timbers Elementary Schools: Upgrade existing storm shelter/classrooms doors. $360,000
Sunset Elementary School: Replace carpet and tile. $400,000
Will Rogers Elementary: Modify/upgrade existing cafeteria into a storm shelter. $500,000
Frontier Elementary School: Construct & equip a 6-classroom addition that will serve a dual purpose as a storm shelter. $2,600,000
Heritage Elementary School: Construct & equip a 6-classroom addition that would double as a storm shelter. $2,800,000
Northern Hills Elementary: Construct classroom / storm shelter addition and make upgrades to the existing basement shelter. $3,000,000
Chisholm Elementary: Construct & equip a 6-classroom addition that will double as a storm shelter. $3,000,000
Charles Haskell Elementary: Construct a new gymnasium / storm shelter. $3,600,000
Summit, Cimarron & Sequoyah Middle School Science Classroom Upgrades: Remodel existing science rooms and purchase science specific equipment/furnishings. $1,120,000
Summit Middle School: Upgrade and improve the existing ground floor classrooms and hallways to serve as storm shelters. $1,540,000
Cimarron Middle School: Construct a new media center/storm shelter. $3,400,000
Sequoyah Middle School: Construct a practice gymnasium/storm shelter. $4,000,000
Central Middle School: Construct practice gymnasium / storm shelter, additional science classrooms and make improvements to entrance and parking lot. $4,400,000
Santa Fe High School: Remodel select classrooms, construct new band room/ storm shelter and make tennis improvements. $8,500,000
Memorial High School: Construct classroom addition / storm shelter, track and field facilities and make stadium upgrades to include new seating, press box, lighting, restrooms, concessions, parking and improve locker room facilities. $25,100,000
North High School: Update classrooms and construct classroom /storm shelter addition. Make stadium upgrades to include new seating, press box, lighting, restrooms, concessions and parking. $23,170,000
Technology, School Security, School Equipment
Technology: Purchase and install computers, software and technology related equipment, wireless networking equipment, and phone systems and copiers. $9,660,000
Hvac Replacement: Replace HVAC systems at Cimarron and Central Middle School. $1,900,000
Roofing Replacement: Replace roof of Northern Hills Elementary Gym and Edmond North and Edmond Memorial auditoriums. $1,900,000
School Security: Install and upgrade video surveillance camera systems at various schools throughout the district. $400,000
School Equipment: Purchase fine arts and athletic equipment for secondary schools, library/media center books, software subscriptions, instructional equipment, materials and textbooks and maintenance vehicles. $7,750,000
Proposition #1 Total $109,100, 000
Purchase large and small school buses as well as high capacity sport utility vehicles.