ENID, Okla. — Enid Public Schools announced Monday evening that school officials made a "sweeping change" to the upcoming bond proposal. 

Superintendent Darrell Floyd announced in a press release he would pull the $7.2 million indoor practice facility from the bond issue.

This action would lessen the cost to taxpayers, according to the release.

Floyd said in the release the long planning process has involved a lot of community feedback.

"We have listened to parents, employees and local residents, and their input has been invaluable as we develop a proposal that reflects the wishes of the community," he said. "Our focus is strengthening student learning and ensuring Enid's children have safe and secure school environments with quality instruction and first-class technology." 

The district would continue to evaluate and prioritize needs, and any changes or additions will "likely" be announced in the next few days, Floyd said. 

Without the $7.2 million facility, the total bond proposal is lowered to an estimated $53,895,560. 

Other areas of the bond proposal include classroom additions at Adams, Garfield and Taft elementary schools and Waller and Longfellow middle schools; safety, technology and transportation upgrades; a $13.7 million competition gym; and a fine arts building at Enid High School.

"The enhancements at EHS will allow us to ensure students have the best learning environment possible as the school continues to grow and to thrive," Floyd said in the release. "It is important for us to include the gymnasium in the EHS improvements so we can meet daily needs of student-athletes, which is not currently possible." 

The EPS Board of Education is expected to vote to propose a bond election this month or in December, and the public would vote on the bond issue in February. 

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Asher is education reporter for the News & Eagle. She can be reached at sasher@enidnews.com.

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