In 2007, voters approved a $248 million bond issue for Oklahoma City Public Schools – funding that was timed to pick up as the MAPS for Kids funding expired.
Last week, the school board approved a plan for $103 million of that funding, which will almost entirely be spent on replacing and repairing roofs and heating and air conditioning systems in the district’s buildings.
There will be about $17.8 million available through 2014 for the facility upgrades, and the district is working on identifying priorities. Already a roof has been replaced at Dewey Elementary School, and HVAC projects were completed at Eugene Field and Shields Heights elementary schools.
The next priorities will be roofs at Arthur, Buchanan, Horace Mann, Prairie Queen and Rockwood elementaries and Northeast High School.