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October 16, 2012

Event showcases $109M in projects

NORMAN — Nearly three years ago, voters in the Norman school district said a resounding “yes” to the largest bond issue in the district’s history. It came in some tough economic times, but school patrons approved $109 million in capital improvements for each of the district’s schools and construction of a new elementary school.

The bonds are being issued over a multi-year period, so as to match pre-bond-election millage rates. The projects were identified and prioritized in 2006, but the board and administrators wanted to get the projects done quickly so students don’t have to wait to have quality facilities.

The bond indenture requires projects to be completed by July 2013.

Now, with nearly all of the projects complete or substantially complete except for the addition to the administration building, the district wants voters to see what they are getting for the money. A districtwide open house will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The star attraction will be Ronald Reagan Elementary, on 24th Avenue Southeast between State Highway 9 and Lindsey Street. But every school will open its doors to show improvements.

District administrators encourage patrons to visit schools outside their own neighborhoods and even schools they have never seen before. The community open house is a come-and-go format, so several sites can be visited.

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