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Bond passes with 66 percent in favor
 
 A group gathered at the MHS Event Center to watch the numbers come in from the polling precincts for Bond 2017. 
 Bond passes with 66 percent in favor
 Voters turned out in record number, despite the cold and rain, to cast their ballots in the 2017 Mustang Public Schools bond election. The $180.8 million bond issue will make it possible to plan for the district’s 3.2 percent average student population growth with a new elementary, intermediate and middle school. Capacity on the high school campus will also be increased with a new freshman cafeteria, eight classrooms, a science academy for upper-level courses and a new visual and performing arts center.

Dr. Sean McDaniel, superintendent, and Deputy Superintendent Charles Bradley gave more than 40 presentations since December to disseminate information and provide opportunities for patrons to ask questions. McDaniel was thrilled, not only with the bond’s passage, but with the sheer number of voters who took time to vote.

“So grateful for the overwhelming support from our community,” he said. “Once again they made the students and staff of the Mustang School District a priority. The passage of this historic $180.8 million bond election is a clear message to all of us in the district that our patrons want our students and staff to have what they need to be successful. We had a record turnout for a school bond election and a record number of 'yes' votes. I want to personally thank everyone who took the time to vote.”

McDaniel said all the projects are expected to be complete within the next 3.5 to 4 years.

“We are very excited to get the project designs completed and get the construction underway for several projects. It won’t be long before we see significant progress on elementary number eight and intermediate number three,” he said. “These two schools, along with the construction of the Canyon Ridge Intermediate band room and the Mustang High School Science Academy will be a few of the first projects we get started on.”

Architects will now begin the schematic designs for the initial projects, to include floor plans and specific project spaces, with input from the people who will be using the spaces. Following the design development phase, construction documents will be completed and the construction phase actually begins. The district expects the new elementary, which will be located near 44th Street and Czech Hall, as well as the new intermediate at 15th and Czech Hall to open for the 2018-2019 school year. The new middle school should be complete in time for the 2019-2020 school year. It will sit on the same 80 acres as the new elementary school, much like Mustang North Middle School and Creek Elementary share property.

The timeline for completion of all the projects is being finalized. Once it is complete, it will be made public. A full list of projects included in the bond can be found at www.mustangps.org/Bondissue2017.aspx.

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