Posted Date: 12/08/2015
After more than 11 months of community-wide planning, Enid Public Schools will hold a bond election in February, asking voters to help address numerous district needs including classroom space, safety and security, technology and transportation.
Board of Education members approved resolutions Monday night calling for a February 9 election. The bond issue package represents the second phase of a long-term plan to ensure Enid students have the resources they need to be safe and successful.
“This is an exciting day for our community,” Superintendent Dr. Darrell Floyd said. “Local residents have helped develop this plan so that it meets the immediate needs of Enid students and helps us prepare for the future. We have listened to residents’ concerns and suggestions, and they have helped us make the plan better. We believe this proposal addresses the most critical issues for students – much-needed classroom space, improved technology, safer schools and more reliable, ADA-accessible transportation.”
During the course of the planning process, district officials made many revisions to the plan, including the reduction of athletic expenses by more than 35%. Instead, the district decided to invest more in instructional space and decrease the cost for local taxpayers.
The overall facility program was developed through a strategic planning process that included more than 1,000 points of feedback from the community.
The plan addresses critical needs in several areas, including:
-- Classroom additions at several sites – Adams, Garfield, Longfellow, Taft, Waller and Enid High School – to support student enrollment growth.
-- District-wide safety upgrades such as secure vestibules, parking lot lighting and visitor management systems.
-- District-wide technology, including 1:1 student access to digital devices, which will support digital textbooks.
-- Transportation to replace a portion of the aging bus fleet in order to provide safer and more reliable student transportation.
Additionally, an expansion project at Enid High School, where enrollment is expected to grow by 800 students in the next nine years, will include a gymnasium and fine arts center that will provide additional classroom space to accommodate the projected enrollment growth.
Bond issues are the only mechanism schools have to fund capital needs, and Enid currently ranks last among its peer districts for the amount spent on buildings per student. The bond issue would move Enid third from the bottom, ahead of Muskogee and Sand Springs, but behind Jenks, Stillwater, Norman, Owasso, Yukon, Bartlesville, Mustang and Ponca City.
If approved, the bond issue is expected to cost homeowners who live in a $50,000 home about $2.73/month or a $100,000 home about $5.99/month.
For more information and detail about the EPS bond issue, please visit www.enidpublicschools.org/bondissue.