The Edmond School Board members voted Monday night to bring before voters a nearly $91 million bond for the Feb. 10, 2015 election. School officials said they anticipate this would be followed by a similar-sized bond for the election in 2017.
School officials said the two-phase plan would fund construction of safe rooms in every school, stadium expansions at all three high schools. The plan would also allow for the purchase of technology, curriculum materials and textbooks, according to Edmond Public Schools representatives.
“Rather than build free standing safe rooms or designated safe rooms that sit idle for many months during the year, our approach encompasses adding classroom space, media centers and gymnasiums that would serve a dual purpose as safe rooms,” said Superintendent David Goin.
Every school in the Edmond district built since 1990 reportedly has multiple safe rooms. School officials said about 8,000 students can be housed in those safe rooms. And the passage of the bond issue in February would allow the district to add enough safe rooms to “adequately protect all 23,552 students during severe weather.”
Administrators said the two-phase plan includes the addition of 90 new classrooms, four media centers, four computer labs, three multi-purpose rooms, three gymnasiums, two band rooms and three high school stadium upgrades.