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MPS 2020 Bond

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The bond election is Tuesday, April 7, 2020. The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Any registered voter can vote at their regular polling place. Don't forget to take a photo ID. Don't know which polling place is yours? Call the Canadian County Election Board at 405-422-2422. You can also try this handy tool from the Oklahoma Election Board: Oklahoma Voter Portal

The bond package came as a recommendation from the Superintendent in response to the unprecedented growth in our area. It was determined that the continued growth has made the status quo unsustainable. In an effort to maintain our commitment to early childhood education through the Pre-Kindergarten (PreK) program, this plan was developed. Through the repurposing of the existing Mustang Elementary into a PreK Center, and the building of a new Mustang Elementary, we would simultaneously be able to impact overcrowding at every single elementary site, preserve the PreK Program, and increase the capacity of both the existing and new ME.

Through careful planning, Mustang Public Schools has worked to keep taxes steady. The Mustang Board of Education set a goal in 2009 to keep the millage level within the 28 mill range. Thanks to the incredible growth in the district's Net Assessed Valuation, the millage has always come in less than 28 mills (except in 2018 when OG&E wells adversely impacted our area). In an effort to keep tax levels around the 28 mill target, the Board approved an increase in millage to 30 mills for this Bond. Despite this increase, we expect the actual millage to remain in the 28 mill range. That said, if the tax rate hits 30 mills, property owners could expect an additional $22 per year on each $100,000 of property value.

The district's financial advisor told the school board he believed the district would benefit most from using what is known as a lease revenue bond. This is the same type of bond that was passed in 2009, 2012 and 2017 which allowed the district to fund the extensive renovations at Mustang High School, add two intermediate schools, an elementary school, a middle school, a Science Academy, a Performing Arts Center, gyms and much more. This bond is different from a general obligation bond, in that the funds are available upfront, so the district may begin construction immediately and work on multiple projects simultaneously. This process will save millions by eliminating inflation of construction costs.

Yes. It will make a difference at every elementary site. For an ideal learning environment, there should be no more than 600 children in an elementary school. With the unprecedented growth in the Mustang area, seven of the eight elementary schools in the district currently exceed this guideline. This bond will allow every site to gain classroom space when their PreK students move to the PreK Center inside of the existing Mustang Elementary while simultaneously allowing us to build a bigger Mustang Elementary to allow for future growth.

With the current state of Mustang High School, with only the buildings currently in place, MHS is at 73 percent occupancy. Pictures of the hallways always circulate on the first few days of school that give the impression that the school is overcrowded. The hallways are very crowded the first few weeks until students learn different ways to reach their next destination. Projects from the 2017 bond issue considerably expanded the capacity of the school with the addition of eight classrooms, a freshman lunchroom (coming soon), a two-story science academy and a new Performing Arts Center(opening Fall 2020). Moving the transportation department and school bus parking from the south side of the high school also freed up space that can be utilized in the future so that we can continue to provide the world class education and opportunities that Mustang parents have come to expect. Having one high school makes it possible for the district to offer a great deal more opportunities, advanced placement and speciality classes to the students. If there were two high schools, the district would have to make the same courses and extracurricular opportunities available at two campuses instead of one. With two campuses, Mustang would not be able to offer to the students the incredible variety that we can by maintaining one campus. When the AP Scholars were recognized recently, many of them mentioned how the size of the school afforded them opportunities they could not have gotten at a smaller school. Also, maintaining one campus means we don’t divide the community; everyone from pre-k through seniors is a Bronco. Very few districts of our size have the opportunity to support the students and programs of one high school. Lastly, building a new high school would force our millage target much farther than the 30 millage range to secure enough funds for an additional campus. The high school, even without additions, has room to grow. Most elementary schools do not.

All of the elementary schools and students will benefit through increased space gained by moving their PreK classes to one central location. Additionally, other items included in the bond that will benefit all students included additional and much needed heating and air conditioning improvements, technology upgrades, textbooks and more.

There have been recent strides in traffic management around the Mustang Elementary campus, but we recognize that all of our PreK students will be car-riders. As such, we are in talks with the city about various plans, and we also have the option of staggering schedules for students to lessen the impact of traffic in the area.

Mustang Public Schools has been implementing energy savings strategies for the past five years from using peak hours to installing new heating and air conditioning controls. During the 2015-2016 school year, the first year of this energy savings program, MPS lowered its total energy costs by $351,000 compared to the previous year. For new buildings, maintenance costs are minimal because day to day upkeep is less expensive. New buildings have features such as better energy efficiency, which can decrease the amount of maintenance that is necessary. Older buildings, and problems such as leaky roofs, peeling flooring and less energy efficiency, require more frequent and sometimes more expensive maintenance and repairs. Also, as the district’s Net Assessed Valuation continues to grow (it grew by 8.8 percent this year alone), more money goes to the district’s Building Fund which is used to pay for utilities.

The language is hard to understand and sometimes sounds vague, but it’s required by state statutes. Both have to be written using very specific, legal language. The list of the projects shown on this page will be what the bond issue will be used for.

No salaries, benefits or related costs can be paid with bond fund proceeds. Bond issue proceeds must be spent for improving or acquiring school sites, construction, repairing, remodeling, equipping school buildings, acquiring school furniture, fixtures, equipment, and transportation.

  • First, there will be minimal staffing needs since the PreK program and Mustang Elementary are already fully staffed. Those teachers will just move from their existing locations to the new PreK Center and the new Mustang Elementary, respectively.
  • Second, as the student population grows, the district’s state funding will grow which will allow for the hiring of additional staff, when needed.
  • Third, the alternative to the plan laid out in this Bond, is the eventual phasing out of a very successful and valuable PreK Program and continued overcrowding at our elementary sites.
  • Lastly, as far as the utilities are concerned, those will be paid out of the building fund, which has been growing and is totally separate from the general fund. Alan Green, the Chief Operations Officer, has been working diligently to lower utility costs. The district’s utility bills for the 2015-2016 school year were more than $300,000 less than the year before!

  • New Mustang Elementary - $29,695,000
  • Land For New ME - $2,770,000
  • Repurpose ME To PreK Center - $2,580,000
  • HVAC Maintenance - $2,750,000
  • Instructional Materials - $1,650,000
  • Technology - $2,200,000
  • Fine Arts - $1,100,000
  • Athletics - $1, 100,000
  • Program Needs - $1,100,000
  • Classroom Remodels - $500,000
  • Transportation - $1.5 million