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January 26, 2014

2014 bond issue supports students’ extra-curriculars

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NORMAN —

During the wrestling off-season, other sports can utilize the building as well when there is bad weather outside, Lough explained.

Additionally, all four middle schools would get new softball storage facilities with restrooms and concessions.

“The additions to the softball field such as the concession stand will make it more of an event, more exciting for parents and students,” Lough said. “It also emphasizes to the softball girls that they’re being considered; that they’re important.”

Other capital improvements to high school athletics would include: at Norman High, soccer and softball facility parking lot improvements and various athletic facility improvements and at Norman North, construction of additional tennis courts and new ticket booth for outdoor sports as well as constructing additional space to athletic buildings.

“We’re very fortunate in Norman to have an administration who understands our needs for facility improvements,” Thompson said. “Academics comes first, but our athletes deserve some upgrades.”

The bond issue represents the sum of the district’s bonding capacity for five years. The NPS school district has utilized a revenue bond structure so it will be able to have immediate access to funds it would have had access to over five years and use them to make needed capital investments district-wide in a shorter period of time.

The law requires all bond issue projects to be completed within three years of the start date.

In 2009, NPS passed a similar bond issue for $109 million. The 2009 bond issue focused on renovations of elementary and middle schools, and Ronald Reagan Elementary was built. All of the 2009 bond issue projects were completed on time.

The projects included in the 2014 bond issue were identified in an objective process that drew from an independent Norman Demographic Study in 2012 and independent Facility Plan studies conducted in 2007 and 2013.

Early in-person voting will be from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 6 and Feb. 7 at the Cleveland County Election Board. Polls will open at 7 a.m. Feb. 11 and close at 7 p.m.

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