Tulsa, Okla., mulls code change to require storm shelters in new schools

State and city officials are pushing for increased bonding capacity to pay for the storm shelters.

February 17, 2014

City councilors in Tulsa, Okla., are considering a proposed change to the city's building code that would require storm shelters in new school construction.

Building storm shelters in schools has become a major statewide issue after the May 20, 2013 tornado that killed seven children in a Moore, Okla., elementary school.

From the Associated Press: One group is pushing for a $500 million bond issue to pay the shelters, while Gov. Mary Fallin is backing a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow every school district to pursue a one-time increase in bonding capacity to fund upgrades like storm shelters.

(http://www.tribtown.com/view/story/f78f4255f0774f6d85f8bf4f2d8c3740/OK--Storm-Shelters-Tulsa)

         
 

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