Canadian Valley asks voters to help with El Reno Campus reconstruction

Nearly one week from now, voters in mostly Canadian and Grady counties in central Oklahoma will consider a bond issue election to that would help pay construction costs of rebuilding the El Reno Campus, destroyed by a May 31, 2013, tornado.

If approved, the school bond will add less than $1 per month in ad valorem taxes on a $100,000 home or property, Superintendent Dr. Greg Winters said. The total amount of the proposed bond is $12 million.

All nine buildings on campus were destroyed following the widest ever tornado on record at 2.6 miles. Recorded wind speeds also were among the highest ever at a maximum of 296 mph.

Concrete and iron supports were salvaged in parts of two of the buildings. The school’s insurance settlement does not cover all the costs of rebuilding the campus.

Planned tornado safe rooms will protect an estimated 1,200 people in the rebuilt facility. There are between 1,000 and 1,200 people on campus each day for various types of career and industry training.

Registered voters in partner school districts are eligible to vote. They are: Alex, Amber-Pocasset, Banner, Bethany, Calumet, Chickasha, Darlington, El Reno, Friend, Maple, Minco, Mustang, Ninnekah, Piedmont, Pioneer, Riverside, Rush Springs, Tuttle, Union City and Yukon. 

New voter registration has passed for this election, but to register for future elections, go online to http://www.ok.gov/elections/Voter_Registration/