The Norman Transcript

January 30, 2013

Moore to vote on historic bond

School board members request approval of $126.4M issue

By Jay Chilton
The Norman Transcript

MOORE — Residents in the Moore Public School District will decide Tuesday, Feb. 12, on a $126.4 million school bond issue that includes the construction of two elementary schools and one junior high school. If approved, it would be the largest bond issue in the district’s history.

Other projects that would be funded by the proposed five-year bond include transportation equipment, pre-school additions, athletic infrastructure, band facilities, roofing projects, land acquisitions and security improvements.

Cost to taxpayers would be approximately $12 extra per year for every $100,000 in home value. The tax would last for five years.

“We believe $24 per year (for a $200,000 home) is a nominal amount and an excellent value for the great improvements in this bond,” said Susan Pierce, Moore Public Schools superintendent. “Moore Schools has always enjoyed great support from the voters. This community has made education a top priority.”

Moore Public Schools currently has the third largest enrollment for school districts in Oklahoma. Moore Public Schools is growing rapidly, with about 23,000 students and nearly 2,000 new enrollments in the past five years.

With more than 5,000 new home starts expected and continuing business and commercial growth in and near the school district’s boundaries, growth in Moore Public Schools is expected to continue.

The bond election consists of two propositions. The first deals primarily with construction and educational improvements. The second deals with transportation and related equipment.

The two proposed elementary schools would be built at 12627 S. Portland Ave. and the southwest corner of Southwest 34th Street and Sunnylane Road. The new junior high would be built a 14141 S. Pennsylvania Ave. Five new “pods” would be built to house pre-school programs around the district, allowing for more classroom space in existing facilities.

New restrooms and concession building would be built at Westmoore High School, and new gymnasiums would be built at both Moore and Southmoore. The Moore High School baseball facility would see a new restroom and concession building while Southmoore would receive a new band room.

All secondary schools would receive a new language and math lab, and the district would acquire athletic, technological and educational supplies and equipment for use district wide.

Five facilities across the district would have roofing either repaired or replaced, and security upgrades would be implemented throughout Moore Public Schools.

School buses would be purchased to augment and aging fleet of buses and to fill transportation needs of three new schools.

Surveillance camera systems would be purchased for safety and security within the buses and transportation vehicles.

Finally, student activity buses would be purchased for transportation on longer trips.

Each activity bus would be painted in the colors and style of one of the corresponding high schools and have undercarriage storage for transportation of equipment.

Additional information may be found at www.mooreschools.com/

bondelection or by contacting the superintendent by phone at 735-4249 or via email at susiepierce@

mooreschools.com.

 

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