What is the total amount of the February 8, 2022 bond election?

The total amount of the bond election to be held on February 8, 2022 is $120M.

Why is the bond issue necessary?

Passage of the 2022 bond is necessary to construct school additions, purchase land for future schools in fast-growing areas and expand or upgrade existing facilities.  

Can bond funds be used to pay teacher and/or administrator salaries?

State law prohibits districts from using bond funds to pay salaries or to hire teachers to lower class sizes. By law, the use of bond proceeds is restricted to the uses approved by voters on the bond proposition.  

What are the major projects in this bond proposal?

  • Fine arts and athletic equipment, child nutrition equipment, media center books and software, instructional materials  
  • Computers, software, tech support services  
  • HVAC, flooring, roofing, lighting, furniture 
  • Classrooms, cafeterias, gymnasiums, locker rooms   
  • Land for future schools 
  • Parking lot and road improvements 
  • District technology building and district warehouse
  • East transportation facility
  • Classroom addition at Santa Fe
  • Cafeteria renovations at North
  • Classroom addition at Scissortail
  • Classroom addition at Redbud
  • Classroom renovations at Will Rogers
  • Exterior renovations at Sequoyah
  • Cafeteria renovations at Summit 
  • Orchestra room expansion at Cimarron 
  • Cafeteria expansion at Heartland

Who Decides What Projects are Placed on a Bond Proposition?

The Board of Education ultimately approves the projects. The process of what is presented to the Board comes from input from maintenance and operations, departments, principals, teachers and parents (Parent Advisory Committee who meet monthly during the school year). 

When will construction on the projects begin?

Pending passage of the bond issue on February 8, 2022  construction on some projects would begin this summer. Every effort is made to complete projects during the summer months when students are not in school.

How will the passage of the bond issue affect my property taxes?

Property taxes are expected to remain stable due to increased property valuation in the district and the retirement of other bonds. 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. 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.

Why is there bond money left over at the end of a year? Why can’t that money be used now?

All bond proceeds are designated for the projects that were approved by the voters in that election. Not every project is completed in the same year the bonds are funded.   

After a bond issue is passed, the district finalizes project designs and puts the bond projects out for bid.  Only after the bids are received and approved by the school board does the district issue a purchase order that “obligates” the funds. Unspent proceeds are commonly related to projects that are in the bidding or construction process. 

Why does the available bond fund ‘grow’ if every dollar is accounted for?

It is somewhat of a continuous cycle. Older projects are completed as new projects are coming on board. The outstanding balances can fluctuate up or down depending on the relative cost of the completed projects versus the new projects that were just funded.  Construction projects are normally completed within 3 years of receiving the funds. There are IRS restrictions in place that dictate reasonably fast completion of projects and we have a long history of completing projects within that time frame.

How and When Does the District Receive Bond Funds?

Bonds from each election are funded in either two or four installments. For example, the projects from the 2021 election were funded in 2 installments: June 2021 and August 2021. If passed, the proceeds from this election would be funded in four installments: spring and summer of 2022 and spring and summer of 2023.

Why Has a Fourth High School Not Been Built Yet?

With the realignment of the high school boundaries 5 years ago, the student population at our three high schools is balanced. Student growth has slowed slightly at the secondary level and increased at the elementary level so the construction of the fourth high school has been put on hold for now, but is being watched carefully.

To build a fourth high school would require a $100M dollar (or more) bond issue. The district has purchased land for the high school at Air Depot and Covell. The construction timeline for the fourth high school has not been determined and depends on growth patterns in the district as well as the passage of future bond issues. 

What is the history of bond elections in Edmond?

The Edmond Community has successfully passed 60 consecutive bond issues since 1959. Bond elections typically were held annually. A few years ago, the district began holding bond elections every two years in order to save on costs associated with holding the election.

Who can vote in the election?

All registered voters who live within the district boundaries qualify to vote including those residents who live outside of the city limits of Edmond. Individuals should vote at their regular precincts.

What if I have additional questions about the bond election and voting?

If you have specific questions, please call the district main line  (340-2800), and your call will be directed to the most appropriate department to answer the question.

If you have questions about voter registration or precinct information contact the Oklahoma County Election Board at www.oklahomacountyelectionboard.com.