The Norman Transcript

February 13, 2014

A mandate of support

The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — The margin of passage of Tuesday’s Norman school bond vote came as a surprise to many of us. An 84 percent win is significant in any election, especially one that hits the pocketbooks.

NPS Superintendent Joe Siano had made about 50 presentations on the proposed projects. On Tuesday evening, he thanked the community for turning out to support improvement to district facilities.

“On behalf of the school district, administrators, teachers, students, I want to thank the Norman community for stepping up to support our kids and education,” he told Transcript education writer Katherine Parker.

Earlier in the day, some parents sounded off about telephone messages received reminding them of the election. Siano said the district erred in sending multiple messages to parents. They know now to check the one call per household box.

When state law allowed it several years ago, the district did away with the annual millage vote. That meant voters don’t get to weigh in on their schools as often.

It could be that voters know they can’t do much about state appropriations — the largest share of public school district funds — so they throw their support behind facility improvements when they are given the opportunity.

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