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February 12, 2014

Voters say yes to $126M, five-year NPS bond issue

NORMAN — Norman public school district voters said a resounding yes to a $126 million bond issue, unofficial but complete results showed late Tuesday.

The five-year bond issue passed by nearly 84 percent, easily outdistancing the margin of the last bond issue in 2009, which passed by less than 70 percent.

The results will become official after they are approved Friday by the Cleveland County Election Board.

Norman Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Joe Siano said NPS administration is very happy for the district and community.

“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 said.

Forty-five precincts were eligible to vote in the bond issue election. The bond issue was the largest ever to be proposed and passed in the school district’s history. For the bond issue to pass, it had to carry a vote of 60 percent, plus one.

The bond issue was voted on in two proposals. Voters were 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.

Proposition No. 1 regarding renovations, safety and security, technology, athletics and annual expenditure projects passed, with 5,595, or 83.9 percent, in favor of the propsal and 1,075, or 16.1 percent, against, according to the election board.

Proposition No. 2 regarding transportation, passed with 5,648, or 84.1 percent, in favor of the proposal and 1,065, or 15.9 percent, against, according to the election board.

The bond issue focuses on several areas. The district has dedicated 3 percent of bond funds to transportation; 9 percent to annual expenditures, which includes annual textbook, library, fine arts and furniture acquisitions and maintenance equipment; 10 percent to athletics; 13 percent to safety and security; 18 percent to technology; and 47 percent to school facility additions and renovations.

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