Enid voters will go to the polls February 9, 2010 to decide whether the Enid school district will construct two new schools and renovate all the others, following a special meeting decision Tuesday night.
Enid Public Schools Board of Education unanimously approved calling two bond issues - one for $98,650,000 for construction and remodeling and one for $800,000 to provide funds to purchase transportation equipment. Board members Alan Siebel and Taylor Branstetter were absent.
Stephen McDonald, with the district's financial consulting firm of Stephen H. McDonald & Associates, went over financial information regarding the financial impact on taxpayers with this bond issue. Figures provided by the firm show a monthly property tax increase ranging from $1 for a taxpayer who paid $100 in taxes in 2009-2010 to $10 for someone who paid $1,000 in ad valorem taxes. The millage change for property owners would increase about 12 percent.
For example, if a property owner paid $100 in ad valorem taxes in 2009-2010, approving the bond issue will increase their tax amount in 2010-2011 to $112.02.
Projects to be completed include building a new 74,000 square-foot school to replace Garfield Elementary, building a new west-side elementary school, doing a number of renovation projects at all schools in the district, purchasing buses and transportation equipment and upgrading technology in the district.
Other projects in the plan include a 10-classroom wing to replace portables at Waller Middle School, a new cafeteria for Adams Elementary School and a connecting hallway for Coolidge Elementary School.
D. Bruce Selby Stadium would receive synthetic turf, a new press box, restrooms, fencing, concrete repairs and repairs to grandstands and bleachers.
The bond issue would also provide for instrument replacement for music education.
See Wednesday's Enid News & Eagle for more details about the bond issue election and the projects.