Edmond Public Schools asks for third bond issue in last five years

    The Edmond Public School District would build its first school east of I-35 with a $93 million bond issue. (KOKH/Will Maetzold)

    The Edmond Public School District is asking voters to approve a $93 million bond issue in February.

    Superintendent Bret Towne said the growth in the district makes it necessary, starting with a school east of I-35.

    "40 or 50 square miles in that area that are continuing to be developed all the time," Towne said. "Then in the southwest corner of our school district, we're getting a lot of small neighborhood growth with small houses but large neighborhoods."

    Two new elementary schools would be built with the bond issue. Towne said it will help in those areas of town that are seeing more growth.

    "We have land for middle schools in the future," Towne said. "We have land for high schools in the future. But we don't have a lot of elementary land other than these two schools we're looking at."

    This is the third bond issue the Edmond School District is asking for in the last five years. In comparison, the Mustang School District has asked for two and Yukon has asked for one.

    "Over the last ten years, we've had about 5,000 new students come to our school district which is about ten percent of the whole growth of the state," Towne said. "We have a need for schools and adding on to existing schools and then building new schools."

    Towne said the amount paid in taxes will remain the same and the district is able to pay back all of the bonds.

    "We're continuing to grow as our valuation grows as well," Towne said. "We're just short of $2 billion in valuation which is third largest in the state behind Oklahoma City and Tulsa."

    The bond issue on the ballot will also pay for new equipment and building upgrades, in addition to two new schools.

    The Edmond Public School District has passed 58 straight bond issues since 1959.

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