The Norman Transcript

October 9, 2013

An even bigger bond issue


The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — In 2009, Norman school patrons passed the largest bond issue in the district’s history. It was a five-year, $110 million package that built a new elementary school and updated schools buildings and technology throughout the district.

In May, officials hinted that they were working on another list of bond projects. It looks like the district will be prepared to present voters a package with an even bigger bond issue in 2014, this one with a probable value of $120 million.

A good chunk of the money will go toward building freshman academies and collegiate centers at the district’s two high schools. The bulk of the 2009 bond issue addressed issues at elementary schools.

The centers would help freshmen make the transition from middle school to high school and then onto college. Ultimately, the centers will help students become successful in college and help raise the state’s graduation rate, a goal of many groups nowadays.