UPDATE: Voters approve $209 million bond issue for Moore Public Schools

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UPDATE: On Tuesday, voters overwhelmingly approved two propositions by the Moore Public School District.

The Oklahoma State Election Board says that over 80 percent of voters approved proposition No. 1.

Proposition No. 2 was approved by 79 percent of the voters.

“Today is a historical day for Moore Public Schools. We are incredibly thankful to our community for passing the largest bond issue in the history of the district. This bond issue represents the strength and dedication of the community and its commitment to the students and their future.

Completing the storm shelters in the remaining 23 sites is a priority for everyone in this district and this community; and now we can move forward in completing this goal.

Thank you to every person who took the time to become informed about the bond issue and who went out and voted. We look forward to beginning work on all of the projects and completing them on time and within budget,” Dr. Robert Romines, superintendent of Moore Public Schools.

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MOORE, Okla. - Marvin Dixon's 8-year-old grandson was in Plaza Towers Elementary School on May 20, 2013.

He never made it out.

“All of those seven kids would still be alive if they had a place to go,” Marvin Dixon said.

Dixon's tragic experience with Mother Nature is part of the reason he and his family are in favor of a bond issue that would build new gyms, media rooms and safe rooms in all of the district's schools.

“One of the early concerns had more to do with storm shelters and how are you going to incorporate those into your school district, and we found early on that building a storm shelter within new constructions was more cost-effective,” Dr. Robert Romines, Moore Schools superintendent, said.

Ten safe rooms have already been built using donations, grants and bond money. There's still 23 schools that need a safe room.

"We've run out of funds and we need to complete what we started," Romines said.

The proposed bond is $209 million issued over a five-year-period.

According to Moore schools, the property tax increase will be minimal. A $250,000 home would increase its property taxes by around $50 a year.

"I was a teacher in Norman during May 20 and you can't put a price on human lives," Nick Ballesteros, a proponent for the bond, said.

"To some people, it might be a lot, but to us it isn't. It's worth it," Gail Skaggs, a proponent of Moore Schools bond, said.

For some parents, it means a peace of mind during storm season.

"When it comes, they can see it, they can be at work or school or wherever and they'll know their kids are okay,"

If the bond issue doesn't pass, Dr. Robert Romines won't give up.

“If the no votes turn out, we will come back together and we will figure out a plan and do what we need to, but I do believe this bond issue is solid,” he said.

The polls will open at 7 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Sixty percent of the votes must be in favor of the bond issue for it to pass.

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