The Edmond community overwhelmingly passed two bond proposals on Feb. 12, 2019 totaling $93M.  Passage of the bond proposals marks the 59th consecutive time (since the 1950s)  that community members have gone to the polls and supported Edmond schools. Funds from the passage of the proposals will be used to increase school security, upgrade and improve school buildings and fund the construction of classroom additions and new schools.

Nearly $40M of the bond issue will be used to purchase land and fund the construction of two elementary schools.  2019 Bond Brochure

The district has already purchased land at Douglas and Coffee Creek for an elementary school. Ideally, the district would like to build another elementary school in the far Southwest quadrant of the district in the Quail Springs Mall area. Absent from this year’s bond proposal is a request for funds to build a fourth high school.

“The student population of our secondary schools has not grown at the same rate as it has in our elementary schools. We believe the district’s focus should be on alleviating the congestion in our larger elementary schools, several of which now have between 900-1000 students.”

Other noteworthy updates and improvements in the 2019 bond proposal include $3.7M for enhanced safety features at schools. Last spring, the district formed a committee comprised of staff, students, parents, community members, law enforcement, and federal officials to review the district’s current security procedures and practices.

“Among the immediate improvements the committee recommended is implementing the use of student/staff photo ID cards at all secondary schools which would be used for card-swipe access to buildings, installing more video/audio buzz-in systems for patrons and visitors, and installing more video cameras on the exterior entries of schools to display images of individuals who approach school buildings,” said Towne.

2019 Bond Issue Specifics

Proposition #1                                                     

$90,700,000

Technology – School Security- School Equipment 

Technology:  Purchase and install computers, digital devices, software, wireless networking equipment, phone systems, and technology support services.  $10,000,000

School Equipment:  Purchase fine arts and athletic equipment for secondary schools, library/media center books, software subscriptions, instructional equipment/materials, maintenance and school support vehicles, grounds equipment, woodshop equipment, and tennis center furnishings.   $7,900,000

School Security: Improve and upgrade security as needed to include but not be limited to electronic security and door control devices,

shatter-resistant glass film, student/staff photo ID badges and card reader systems, and video surveillance camera systems.  $3,700,000

HVAC:  Improve HVAC systems at Angie Debo Elementary School, and Charles Haskell Elementary and Summit Middle School Gymnasiums. $2,000,000

Transportation: Construct access road, fueling station, and additional bus parking at the district transportation facility. $2,000,000

Roofing: Replace roofs of Cimarron Middle School and Washington Irving Elementary School. $1,900,000

Parking Lots/Roads: Construct, resurface and/or modify existing parking lots and access roads at North High School, John Ross Elementary, and Sunset Elementary School. $1,550,000   

Flooring: Replace flooring as needed at Cimarron Middle School, Northern Hills Elementary School, Russell Dougherty Elementary School Clyde Howell Early Childhood Center, and Orvis Risner Elementary School. $800,000

Elementary Schools:

Construct Elementary School East of I-35: Construct Phase 1 of an elementary school at S.E. corner of the intersection of Douglas and Coffee Creek. $18,000,000

Construct Elementary School Southwest Corner of the District: Construct Phase I of elementary school located in the Southwest quadrant of the district. $17,600,000

Purchase Land: Buy land for the site of new Southwest Elementary School and purchase properties to expand selected school sites as needed. $3,500,000

Cross Timbers Elementary School: Construct a STEM room and multi-purpose room/storm shelter. $3,000,000

Heritage Elementary School: Construct classroom addition/storm shelter. $2,850,000

Will Rogers Elementary: Construct multi-purpose room/storm shelter. $1,500,000

Middle Schools:

Heartland Middle School: Construct classrooms. $3,500,000  

Summit Middle School: Construct classrooms/storm shelter.  $2,700,000                       

Cheyenne Middle School: Construct a practice gymnasium. $2,100,000                                                                       

High Schools:

Memorial High School:  Improve and secure front entrance, add offices and classrooms, upgrade auditorium stage, lights and sound system. $3,100,000

Santa Fe High School: Upgrade auditorium stage, lights and sound system. $1,300,000

North High School: Upgrade auditorium stage, lights, and sound system. $1,300,000

Boulevard Academy: Renovate gymnasium. $400,000

Proposition #2 

$2,300,000

Transportation Vehicles: Purchase small and large buses and high capacity sport utility vehicles.

Tax Implications:

Towne said passage of the bond issue is not planned to raise homeowner’s taxes. The district has planned this bond issue to keep the millage level between 24 and 25 mills.

Information on 2018 Edmond Public Schools Bond as required by
Bond Transparency Act of 2017