OPS Board To Vote On Bond Issue

By: WOWT 6 News Email
By: WOWT 6 News Email

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Thursday, the OPS Board will meet to discuss and vote on whether or not they want to put a $421 million dollar bond issue on the November ballot.

In theory, the bond issue would be the first of two. As 'phase one' of a district improvement plan, the board hopes to use the money for security and technology upgrades, as well as renovation and replacements of several facilities.

With the first $421 million dollars, the district would replace Belle Ryan, Columbian, Western Hills and Yates Elementary Schools.

The following schools would be improved/renovated:

-Boyd, Crestridge, Dodge, Florence, Gilder, Hartman, Indian Hill, Oak Valley, and Ponca Elementary Schools.

-Beveridge, Bryan, Hale, and Norris Middle Schools.
(Both Beveridge and Norris would get additions).

-All high schools.

$30 million dollars would be spent purchasing land and designing concepts for two future elementary schools in South Omaha, a new high school for South Omaha and a new high school for West Omaha.

Under the plan, OPS would then ask voters to approve a $377 million dollar bond in May of 2017. That figure covers more improvements and the construction of the new schools.

The combined bond cost is well below the original needs assessment, which totaled more than $1.1 billion dollars. After trimming it down to $683 million dollars, the board developed the two-phase plan based on dialogue with community members and business leaders.

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