- Associated Press - Monday, October 12, 2015

MOORE, Okla. (AP) - A $209 million bond issue is set to go before voters in the Moore school district that would place storm shelters in nearly two dozen schools.

In May 2013, a massive tornado destroyed Plaza Towers and Briarwood elementary schools in Moore, killing seven children at Plaza Towers. Neither school had a shelter and district officials pledged afterward to put a safe room in every school, The Oklahoman (https://bit.ly/1Zw1ZuG ) reports.

Voters will consider the five-year bond issue for new shelters on Tuesday. The proposal also includes money for technology upgrades and added classrooms, gymnasiums and media centers.

Before the storm, just two schools in the suburban Oklahoma City district had safe rooms. They were funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency following another strong tornado in 1999.

Since the 2013 tornado, the district has built 10 safe rooms with help from grants, donations and other funds. Moore Superintendent Robert Romines said that money has run out, and 23 schools still don’t have shelters.

Parents said they wanted safe rooms in every school after the 2013 tornado, Romines said. The district has “gotten a really positive response” from residents so far on the bond proposal, he said.

District officials estimate property taxes would rise by $50 a year on a $250,000 under the proposal.

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Information from: The Oklahoman, https://www.newsok.com


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