Moore Voters To Decide $127 Million School Bond Package

Thursday, February 7th 2013, 6:34 pm
By: News 9

A big school bond election will take place Tuesday in Moore.

The 5-year, $127 million bond package is the biggest in Moore district history. It's a $127 million bond, meaning taxes would go up about $12 a year for a $100,000 home.

Three new schools and renovations across the district are on the list of bond issues voters will be asked to approve next week. An evaluation of security needs at every school is also part of the bond package.

District leaders are trying to keep up with the growth rate in Moore Public Schools. They added nearly 650 students this year, about the size of an elementary school.

"It's a very exciting time to be part of this community," Moore Superintendent Susan Pierce says, "our economic development in this community is growing by leaps and bounds."

To ease the overcrowding, the district wants to build three new schools: two elementary schools and one more junior high. On Tuesday, voters will decide on two propositions.

The smaller of the two is about $4.2 million, going toward school buses and other transportation. The bigger proposition will cost $122 million. That includes construction for the new schools, renovations to existing ones, new technology and land for future building projects. It will also fund security enhancements across the district.

"The three new schools on the bond proposal actually have hallways that lock down after students enter the school grounds," Pierce said.

The district will analyze security at all the existing schools, and plan to add more security cameras.

"This bond is a reflection of what's going on in our community. We're growing fast, we're growing strong, and this bond issue is necessary to keep up with that growth," Pierce said.

Moore Public Schools is the third largest school district in our state with 23,000 students. Tuesday's school bond will need at least 60% of the vote to pass.