The Edmond Board of Education voted at its March board meeting to bring before patrons a $65 million bond issue on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 to fund school additions, purchase land for future schools and make repairs and upgrades to existing facilities.
“In constructing this bond proposal we were mindful of balancing the considerable needs of our older schools with the immediate needs of those schools which have experienced steady growth in student population,” said Superintendent Bret Towne.
Five and a half million of the bond issue would be earmarked to update the cabinets, doors, restrooms, ceilings, and lighting at nine elementary schools…fixtures original to their sites. New roofing, flooring, and HVAC systems at several school sites are also part of the bond proposal as is constructing, resurfacing, and/or modifying parking lots at numerous schools.
“Keeping our schools updated positively impacts the overall learning experience for students and improves the culture and climate of our schools,” noted Towne.
The bond issue includes $3 million to construct a new media center at Cross Timbers Elementary and renovate the old media center into classrooms. Other noteworthy construction projects include more than $3 million for a classroom addition at Santa Fe High School, $3.2 million to construct a freshman academy classroom addition and renovate the industrial arts building at Edmond Memorial High School, and $1.4 million to construct a new building for Ag Engineering and Mechanics.
“As we continue to grow, we must add new classrooms to accommodate the expected increase in student population,” noted Towne.
Two new schools being built by the district, Redbud Elementary and Scissortail Elementary are expected to open at capacity. Included in this bond proposal is $8 million for classroom additions to both schools, which are scheduled to open in 2021 and 2022 respectively.
“By approving this bond proposal, voters will help to ensure that the district can plan for future additions to these schools that are located in fast-growing areas,” said Towne.
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 stable at 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.
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 May 11, 2021 bond issue is as follows:
Proposition #1 $63,700,000
- School Upgrades and Additions
- School Security
- Curriculum and Technology
- Land for Future Schools
School Additions: Construct classroom additions to Redbud Elementary and Scissortail Elementary. $8,000,000
Technology: Purchase and install computers, digital devices, software, wireless networking equipment, phone systems, and technology support services. $7,500,000
School Improvements: Improve/upgrade cabinets, doors, restrooms, ceilings, and lights at the following elementary schools: Northern Hills, Sunset, Ida Freeman, Orvis Risner, Charles Haskell, Chisholm, Russell Dougherty, Will Rogers and Clegern. $5,500,000
HVAC: Improve or replace HVAC systems at Sequoyah Middle School, Russell Dougherty Elementary School and Santa Fe High School $5,000,000
Parking Lots/Roads: Construct, and/or resurface existing parking lots and access roads at the following elementary schools: Chisholm, Northern Hills, Angie Debo, Orvis Risner, Russell Dougherty, West Field, Charles Haskell as well as at Summit and Cheyenne Middle Schools and Memorial and Santa Fe High Schools. $4,750,000
Curriculum and Equipment: Purchase fine arts and athletic equipment for secondary schools, library/media center books, software subscriptions, instructional equipment, child nutrition and operations equipment, and school support vehicles. $4,650,000
Purchase Land: Buy land for the site of a new elementary school and purchase properties to expand selected school sites as needed. $4,500,000
North High School: Renovate the Siberian gymnasium. $3,500,000
Memorial High School: Construct freshman academy classroom addition/storm shelter and renovate the industrial arts building. $3,200,000
Santa Fe High School: Construct classroom addition, renovate freshman academy. $3,150,000
Roofing: Replace roofs of Russell Dougherty Elementary and Santa Fe High School. $3,000,000
Cross Timbers Elementary Media Center: Construct a new media center and renovate the former media center into classrooms. $3,000,000
Classroom Furnishings: Purchase student desks, and chairs. $2,000,000
Playgrounds: Improve playgrounds as needed with new equipment and impact materials. $2,000,000
FFA Facilities: Construct a new building for Ag Engineering and Mechanics. $1,400,000
School Security: Improve/upgrade security to include electronic security & door control devices, student/staff photo ID badges and card reader systems, and video surveillance camera systems. $750,000
School Flooring: Replace flooring as needed at Ida Freeman Elementary, West Field Elementary, and Centennial Elementary. $700,000
Marquees and Directional Signage: Update or replace existing marquees and exterior school signage. $700,000
Gymnasium Flooring: Replace gymnasium flooring at the following elementary schools: Chisholm, Ida Freeman, Cross Timbers, and John Ross. $400,000
Transportation Vehicles: Purchase small and large buses and high-capacity sport utility vehicles.
Information on 2021 bond election as required by the 2017 Bond Transparency Act.Bond Transparency 2021.03.26