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Oklahomans approve $180 million bond package to improve Oklahoma City Public Schools

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OKLAHOMA CITY - While Oklahoma voters said  'no' to a penny sales tax and raises for teachers, there was a sigh of relief for one school district.

Voters agreed to $180 million bond package for Oklahoma City Public Schools.

Experts said it won’t raise property taxes but replace expiring bonds, which means a huge financial burden will be lifted for a struggling district.

School leaders said the bond package will help keep technology up-to-date, provide reliable transportation and help keep our buildings safe for kids.

Infrastructure improvements will also be made possible because of the bonds.

Officials said millions will go toward updating plumbing, installing or repairing heating and air units, replacing leaking roofs, upgrading electrical systems and enhancing safety at school entrances.

"I think you've heard a lot over the last several months about issues with air conditioning at many of our schools where the parts were just really old and we needed to do some replacement," said Oklahoma City Public Schools Superintendent Aurora Lora.

More than $54 million will go to technology needs like WiFi connectivity, and more than $19 million will be used for transportation needs.

There will also be money available for athletics and restoring fine arts classes that were cut during the budget crisis.

The district hopes to start selling bonds soon then put a resolution in front of the school board by early December.

"Once we sell the bonds, that will give us the capital resources we need to begin making repairs," said COO Scott Randall.

As she starts her career as superintendent of Oklahoma City schools, it's a check in the win column for Lora and her high hopes to put kids first.

The bond package is being implemented over the next five years.