Voters to decide on construction of storm shelters, stadium upgrades

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UPDATE, 2/10/2015: Edmond voters will decide today whether or not to pass the bond that would allow the construction of safe rooms at every school, expand stadiums at each high school and allow for other purchases for the district that includes materials and technology.

The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

EDMOND, Okla. – Edmond voters will soon be able to decide if every school in the district should have a safe room.

On Monday, the Edmond Public School Board voted to hold an election for a $91 million bond.

The funds would be used to construct safe rooms in every school, expand stadiums at all three high schools and allow for the purchase of technology, materials and textbooks throughout the district.

“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 David Goin, district superintendent.

Currently, schools built since 1990 have safe rooms but they can only house about 8,000 students.

The proposed safe rooms would house 15,000 more.

The plan includes adding 90 new classrooms, four media centers, four computer labs, three multi-purpose rooms, three gymnasiums, two band rooms and three stadium upgrades.

The bond is set to go to the voters on Feb. 10, 2013.

The breakdown of the propositions has been provided by the district and is as follows:

Proposition 1:

$8,180,000 in Technology:  Purchase and install computers, software, technology related equipment, wireless networking equipment, phone systems, copiers and technology for support services.

$1,800,000 in Roofing Replacement:   Improve and/or replace roofing at Memorial High School & Orvis Risner Elementary.

$400,000 in School Security:  Install and/or upgrade video surveillance camera systems at middle and elementary schools.

$6,300,000 in School Equipment:  Purchase fine arts and athletic equipment as needed and as funds will allow at district high schools and middle schools, purchase child nutrition kitchen equipment, maintenance vehicles, library/media center books, software subscriptions, instructional equipment and materials and textbooks as needed and as funds will allow at all school sites.

$1,600,000 in HVAC Replacement:  Replace HVAC units and equipment at Ida Freeman Elementary and Cimarron Middle School.

$400,000 in Flooring: Replace carpet and tile at Charles Haskell Elementary.                       

$2,500,000  for Frontier Elementary School:  Construct and equip a 6 classroom shelter addition.

$2,500,000 for Heritage Elementary School:  Construct and equip a 6 classroom shelter addition.          

 $7,800,000 for Heartland Middle School: Construct Phase 2 of Heartland Middle School located at 4900 Explorer Drive, to include, but not be limited to a 12 classroom addition, practice gym/storm shelter, parking, tennis courts, technology, furniture and equipment.

 $500,000  for Clyde Howell Early Childhood Center: Construct and equip a multi-purpose room that will double as a storm shelter.                                                              

 $1,000,000 for Clegern Elementary: Construct and equip a multi-purpose room that will double as a storm shelter.

 $2,500,000  for Ida Freeman Elementary: Construct and equip a media center that will double    as a storm shelter. 

$2,900,000  for John Ross Elementary: Construct and equip classrooms that will double as storm shelters.

$2,500,000 for Orvis Risner Elementary: Construct and equip a media center that will double as a storm shelter.

$1,000,000 for Russell Dougherty Elementary: Construct and equip a multi-purpose room that will double as a storm shelter.

$3,000,000  for Sunset Elementary:  Construct and equip a media room that will double as a storm shelter.

$11,395,000 for Memorial High School: Construct a band room that will double as a storm shelter, remodel and improve the large gym, lobby, locker rooms and make tennis improvements to include, but not be limited to new courts and a locker room.

$11,300,000 for North High School:  Update classrooms, the soccer / track locker room and make tennis improvements to include, but not be limited to new courts and a locker room.

 $16,955,000 for Santa Fe High School:  Remodel select classrooms, construct a classroom addition / storm shelter, and make stadium upgrades to include but not be limited to new seating, lighting, restrooms, concessions and locker room.                                                        

$1,500,000 for Land Purchase:  Purchase land for the purpose of constructing a future elementary / middle school.

$730,000 in Fire System Upgrades: Install and upgrade fire suppression systems at Clegern Elementary and Northern Hills Elementary.                                                                               

$1,650,000 in Parking Lot and Road Improvements: Make modifications of existing parking lots and access roads at Charles Haskell Elementary, Summit Middle School, Sequoyah Middle School, Will Rogers Elementary and Memorial High School to include, but not be limited to resurfacing.

$250,000  in Playground Installations: Equip and install accessible playground equipment and impact material at Clyde Howell Early Childhood Center, Russell Dougherty Elementary, Sunset Elementary and Cross Timbers Elementary.

Proposition #1 Total               $88,660,000

Proposition 2: 

Use $2,000,000 to purchase school transportation equipment to include, but not be limited to, large school buses, small school buses and large capacity sport utility vehicles.

Proposition #2 Total                 $2,000,000

TOTAL                                   $90,660,000

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