The Norman Transcript

February 8, 2014

‘Yes’ vote would transform schools

By Joe Siano
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — On Tuesday, Norman Public Schools will have a school bond election. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and it’s very likely the weather may be less than ideal on Election Day. However, it is very important Norman voters brave the cold and cast their votes.

A supermajority, or 60 percent or more of voters, must vote approval for a school bond election to pass. While Norman has always supported its schools, and school bond elections are a key component of our district’s past and current success, Norman voters cannot presume school bond elections will pass just because they always have. Your vote is essential.

The proposals put forth for your consideration on Tuesday are the result of the findings of two independent studies: a 2012 Norman Demographic Study and a Facility Study of each NPS building done in 2013. Those studies identified needs beyond the proposals before your consideration on Tuesday. Yet, the proposals you are being asked to vote on represent those that are our highest need and at a level of bonding that won't affect your current taxes.

If approved, the Feb. 11 school bond election will enhance and transform the learning experience we provide our high school students; put 21st century instructional technology into the hands of each of our students; allow us to maintain our existing buildings; and to make additional and very needed investments in the safety and security of our students.   

In the last month, we have gone to great lengths to generate materials - print, video and web - to educate parents and the general public about this bond election. All of that information is posted on our website, www.norman.k12.ok.us, and I encourage you, if you have not already done so, to take time to review this material to educate yourself on what is at stake Tuesday.

Put simply: Our goal is to continue to provide Norman students with the highest quality of education and learning environment that we possibly can and to be trusted stewards of the taxpayers' money. As a parent, patron and taxpayer of this district, I know you share that expectation of your school system. Thus, casting your vote before 7 p.m. on Feb. 11 is crucial to our shared mission.

Dr. Joe Siano is superintendent of Norman Public Schools.

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