The request by Oklahoma County Independent School District No. 6 for $142.1 million of general obligation bonds was approved by more than 80% of the voters in the Oklahoma City suburb of Deer Creek.

The bond proposal, the largest in the district’s history, passed by a margin of 731 in favor and 158 opposed. School bond proposals in Oklahoma must have a 60% majority to pass.

Proceeds will finance a second middle school, the district’s fifth elementary school, a $28 million performing arts and athletic center at Deer Creek High School, and the addition of 50 classrooms, 10 sciences labs, and four computer labs at various schools.

District officials said they hope to begin construction on the middle school in January. It is to be operational by fall 2011.

The bonds will be sold over the next six to eight years to avoid an increase in the district’s property tax. The district has no outstanding rated debt.

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