By Ryan Horton
$730,000 for technology infrastructure approved for Choctaw-Nicoma Park, Harrah, Jones and Luther
With all 40 precincts reporting, the Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center bond issue renewal passed Jan. 12, 969-259.
The EOC Tech Center, which is located in Choctaw and serves Choctaw-Nicoma Park, Harrah, Jones and Luther public schools, has now successfully passed the bond five times.
The YES votes continued a long history of not raising taxes, while improving bandwidth for all local schools.
Passage ensured continued technology infrastructure improvements and increased internet bandwidth for Choctaw-Nicoma Park, Harrah, Jones, Luther and the EOC Technology Center.
Due to decreasing technology costs, EOC Tech Center’s new bond issue amounts to $730,000 for a period of five years. The expiring bond was for $760,000.
Local education officials say the bond issue will allow to better service for area students, and would not raise the area’s property taxes.
EOC Tech Superintendent Terry Underwood says the bond will continue to fund distance-learning services for area students without putting additional burden on each district.
“All our eastern Oklahoma County school districts will benefit,” said Underwood.
In 2001, voters supported local schools when they passed a bond issue that funded distance-learning services at EOC Tech and established high-speed internet for all public schools in Choctaw, Nicoma Park, Jones, Harrah and Luther.
Then a second successful five-year technology bond took bandwidth from three megabits to 10 megabits.
Voters supported eastern Oklahoma County schools for a third time in 2011 and doubled bandwidth from 10 megabits to 20 megabits.
Jan. 12, 2016 voters again approved the bond.
Last Tuesday voters in all EOC Tech school districts had the opportunity to weigh in on the fifth installment of the bond. While voter turnout was low, nearly 79 percent of electors opted to renew the bond.
For more about EOC Tech visit their website EOCTECH.EDU