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Shawnee bond issue passes; Bethany library proposal leads

Voters in Shawnee approved a $32 million bond issue that will go toward the construction of a new elementary school, upgrades at Shawnee High School and other projects around the district.

The proposal was one of several matters on the ballot in Tuesday's election.

The Shawnee bond issue received 881 votes, giving it 72 percent of the vote total.

Shawnee Superintendent Marc Moore said he wasn't surprised by the proposal's relatively wide margin of victory, since several residents told school officials they planned to support the bond issue on election day. Still, he said he was relieved to see the proposal approved.

“You never know until the votes are counted," he said.

Money from the bond issue will be used to build a new elementary school in northwest Shawnee. The school will help alleviate overcrowding at the district's other elementary schools, and also provide more classroom space when the district begins offering full-day pre-K classes, Moore said.

District officials also plan to use money to renovate the cafeteria, library and science classrooms at Shawnee High School.

Other elections

In Norman, former Ward 6 council member Lynne Miller was elected mayor. Aleisha Karjala, a political science professor at University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, was elected Ward 2 council member and attorney Bill Hickman won the Ward 4 council seat. Jerry Lang and Breea Clark will advance to a runoff election for the Ward 6 council seat.

An $8.1 million bond issue for a new public library in Bethany was leading Tuesday evening with 71 percent of the vote. Money from the bond issue would supplement other funding made available through the Metropolitan Library System.

In Edmond, voters approved a pair of 10-year sales tax extensions: a one-cent sales tax that goes toward the city's general fund and a half-cent sales tax that would go toward capital improvements like roadwork, a new fire station and a new tennis center the city plans to build in partnership with Edmond Public Schools.


Silas Allen

Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri. Read more ›