The Norman Transcript

Headlines

January 23, 2014

NPS Superintendent Joe Siano promotes 2014 bond issue at League of Women Voters luncheon

NORMAN — Norman voters will consider a $126 million, five-year bond issue Feb. 11 in two proposals.

To make sure they had all the facts beforehand, League of Women Voters of Norman members invited Superintendent Dr. Joe Siano to discuss the future of Norman Public Schools and the 2014 bond issue Wednesday at their Hot Topic Lunch.

The bond issue is the largest ever proposed in the school district’s history. For the bond issue to pass,it must carry a vote of 60 percent.

Voters will be asked to approve one proposal representing $122.5 million for renovations, safety and security, technology, athletics and annual expenditure projects, as well as a separate $3.5 million proposal for transportation. State law requires transportation be a separate proposal in school bond elections.

The $126 million bond issue is not expected to raise or lower taxes because other bonds will have been paid off by the time the new bond would hit the tax rolls. Additionally, by law, the bond issue is only allowed to be spent on capital investments. All bond issue projects will be completed in three years.

“We believe in a comprehensive approach to our school system,” Siano said. “The kids in school now will get to take advantage of the bond issue projects.”

Although the bond issue encompasses 90 projects, Siano focused on three key initiatives: maintaining current facilities with renovations and additions, technology and freshman academies and university centers in both high schools.

Siano said the district needed to maintain what it already has, which is why 47 percent of the bond issue would be applied to school facility additions and renovations.

“People may say, ‘What’s so exciting about new roofs?’ But it is pretty exciting for the teachers who have leaking roofs,” he said.

Siano said that this bond issue would continue to minimize the use of temporary buildings.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Headlines
  • Briarwood Elementary Briarwood, Plaza Towers buildings set to open for school year

    MOORE — Briarwood and Plaza Towers elementary students and teachers will no longer be visitors in the hallways and classrooms of their temporary schools this 2014-2015 school year. Displaced and forced to relocate after the May 2013 ...

    August 2, 2014 2 Photos

  • Cooler summer comes after dry spring statewide

    August made a gentle entry this year — no triple-digit temperatures or out-of-control wildfires. Instead, a bright sun slowly cleared the clouds and warmed the day back to summer weather after a few days of what had felt like an early ...

    August 2, 2014

  • Former teacher adores ‘Red Rudy’ Impala

    For some, transportation needs to be more than just a boxy vehicle that takes you from place to place. Former Norman High School Spanish language teacher Kelly Adams is one of those. In addition to her daily driver, a big SUV, she also ...

    August 2, 2014

  • Inmate health costs rising, forcing prisons to scramble for solutions

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Taxpayers forked over nearly $1 million last year to buy inhalers to treat asthma and emphysema among inmates in state prisons. In the meantime, the state also paid for 530,647 inmate prescriptions....

    August 2, 2014

  • Town changed, even with girls’ killer behind bars

    WELEETKA — Folks once settled in this sleepy central Oklahoma town to get away from the crime and hubbub of big-city life. Many residents didn’t bolt their doors or draw their shades at night. Most here never worried about people like ...

    August 2, 2014

  • Teachers from Spain begin arriving in Oklahoma

    TULSA — Teachers recruited from Spain by a Tulsa school district have started to arrive in Oklahoma for the new academic year. The Tulsa World reports (http://bit.ly/1rS1Q2a ) four of the 11 expected educators arrived Thursday in ...

    August 2, 2014

  • Driver killed after container falls on truck named

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Police have identified the person killed after a shipping container was knocked from an Oklahoma National Guard vehicle and landed on a pickup truck....

    August 2, 2014

  • Fire chief in central Oklahoma city resigns

    EDMOND — A fire chief in a central Oklahoma city has submitted his resignation....

    August 2, 2014

  • Judge continues action in sexual assault case

    OKLAHOMA CITY — A judge has found probable cause to continue criminal proceedings against an Oklahoma man accused of sexually assaulting boys and girls in Kenya. Nineteen-year-old Matthew Lane Durham, of Edmond, is accused of sexually ...

    August 2, 2014

  • Trial postponed in Duncan baseball player death

    DUNCAN — The trial for a man charged in the fatal shooting of an Australian baseball player has been postponed until April....

    August 2, 2014