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Norman Chamber Endorses Norman Public Schools Bond Proposal

on January 17, 2019

The Norman Chamber of Commerce voted this week at its monthly board meeting to endorse Norman Public School’s proposed school bond that will be voted on by Norman residents in the Special Election on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019.

“The Chamber is proud to partner with Norman Public Schools and excited to support the 2019 bond package,” said Scott Martin, president and CEO of the Norman Chamber. “With comprehensive input from the community, the district has identified the needs and developed a solid plan to meet those needs. We believe workforce development and jobs expansion go hand in hand.”

The NPS school board and administration have structured the $186 million bond proposal over a six-year period in order to benefit the schools’ students now, while also making long-term plans.

“The upcoming NPS bond election is critical to the continued strength and success of our community’s school district,” said Leslie Christopher, co-chair of the chamber’s Business and Education committee. “The funding from this bond will make our schools safer and more effective; it will improve the educational experience of our children, and it will help to attract and retain the best educators. When we invest in schools we are investing in the current and future success of our children who will one day make up our workforce and our business community. I’m so grateful our Chamber Board has voted to support the NPS 2019 bond because strong schools are good for business.”

The proposed bond will support projects throughout the school district that will focus on safety and security, fine arts, alternative education, athletics, transportation and other critical needs. These projects were identified as a result of demographic studies, facility assessments and input from parents, teachers, staff and community stakeholders.

“Our members understand well-educated and equipped students make good business owners and workers,” said Casey Vinyard, chair of the Norman Chamber Board. “A strong, locally supported education system is a key component for any business looking to locate in a community. We are proud to have a district that serves our students and families so well. This package covers every student and school site in Norman, with an emphasis on safety and security. We agree, that every child should have access to a first-class education in a safe environment.”

“We encourage the community to get out and vote yes on Feb. 12 for the students of Norman,” Martin added. “Let’s send a strong message to our students and teachers; that their community overwhelmingly supports and believes in them. By investing in their future, we are investing in Norman’s future.”