- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 13, 2014

ASHER, Okla. (AP) - Voters in a central Oklahoma school district will decide later this month whether to approve a $1.7 million bond issue that would add a tornado safe room to the school gym.

The Shawnee News-Star reports (https://bit.ly/1sCjriw ) there will be a vote on the bond issue in Asher on Aug. 26. The money would pay for two gym additions. One would include larger dressing rooms that could double as a safe room for more than 300 people if there’s a tornado.

The other addition would be a lobby area with new bathrooms and a new concession stand.

The bond would be payable over 10 years and would not lead to a property tax increase because it would replace bonds being paid off.

Right now if there’s a tornado students must take shelter in a locker room or nearby church.

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Information from: The Shawnee News-Star, https://www.news-star.com

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