Norman residents will soon have an opportunity to see first-hand how a $126 million bond issue has transformed many local schools. The district will open all schools for tours Sunday, Nov. 12 from 2-4 p.m. The bond, which passed in 2014 with an 84 percent approval rate, resulted in more than 40 improvement projects at schools across the district.
“Our facility improvements were designed to support our educational goals for students,” said NPS Superintendent Dr. Nick Migliorino. “It was important to us that we go beyond structural enhancements and instead focus on how our facilities can accommodate our instructional programs to prepare and inspire all students to achieve their full potential.”
Since 1972, the Norman community has shown support for public education by passing more than $432 million in bond issues to improve public schools. Each bond issue builds upon the previous projects and results in major, transformative progress to support students throughout their K-12 learning experience.
While many schools have received upgrades, perhaps the most transformative changes were made at Norman High and Norman North. Both schools this year opened Freshman Academies and College and Career Centers, as well as innovative Learning Commons. The Freshman Academies were designed to help ninth-grade students successfully transition to high school, while the College and Career Centers provide educational environments that look more like where students are going rather than where they have been.
Another key component of the bond issue was implementing the district’s iTech initiative, which helps close the digital divide by providing MacBook computers to every middle and high school student. Additional devices also were provided in elementary schools. This project extends learning opportunities beyond the classroom and helps to prepare students for success after high school.
Every school in the district will be open for tours during the district-wide open house. For more information about improvements related to the 2014 bond issue, click here.