Putnam City Voters Approve Bond Proposal

10.11.2017 7:29 AM

Voters in the Putnam City school district on Tuesday approved a $22 million bond proposal that will pay for new technology for teaching and learning at every school and new automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to protect staff and student health across the district. The passage of the bond proposal will also pay for around 20 new school buses and allow for completion of a new Capps Middle School.

“I’m very thankful for the way our parents and community support their children and their schools. We’re excited by the election results and look forward to putting in place the good things our community wants for its students,” said Dr. Fred Rhodes, superintendent of schools.

Approval of the bond proposal means funding for improvements will start in early 2018 and improvements themselves will follow.

State law requires a 60 percent approval margin in school bond elections. According to numbers provided by the Oklahoma County Election Board, more than 2,300 Putnam City residents voted in Tuesday’s election. Election board figures show that on Proposition 1, which was for instructional technology, AEDs and completion of a new Capps Middle School, 1,882 residents voted yes and 447 voted no for an approval rate of 80.81 percent. On Proposition 2, which was for purchase of school buses, 1,873 residents voted yes and 451 voted no for an approval rate of 80.59 percent.

By percentage of yes votes, Tuesday’s results are the highest approval rate in a Putnam City bond election since 1994.

“The support through the years for education in Putnam City is appreciated. It feels good to know the community is always there to support its students and schools,” Rhodes said.