OKCPS district leaders want voters to pass $180 million to fix maintenance mishaps

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City Public School district leaders are racing to get a big bond on the November ballot.

As we’ve reported, a lot of OKCPS students have been going to school with broken air conditioning systems this year.

Now, district leaders said a bond package would make a world of difference.

“I’ve personally been in some of the classrooms that are extremely hot, talked to the teachers, talked to the students, try to get them water, fans, move them to different places,” said OKCPS Superintendent Aurora Lora.

Tuesday, Lora will ask the Oklahoma City Public Schools board to approve a $180 million bond package.

The money will primarily go to maintenance.

Lora said every single school in the district needs some kind of repair.

“Some money [would go] for plumbing, wiring, fixing leaky roofs. There will be some buildings that get additional safety features put on,” Lora said.

It’s a specially called meeting to get the bond on the ballot before Wednesday’s deadline.

“The public has got to have time to process these and look at what’s going to be on the ballot,” said city councilman Ed Shadid.

Shadid said the Maps for Kids project left some holes.

You may remember, Maps for Kids provided $470 million for Oklahoma City Public Schools construction and renovation projects.

“This is a very important shortfall of the maps program, is that we continue to invest hundreds of millions of dollars building things with no plan whatsoever to pay for the maintenance of them,” Shadid said.

Lora said the bond package would not raise taxes because it would just continue a bond previously passed.

The board meets at noon Tuesday.

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