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Edmond Public Schools sets goal of tornado shelter on every campus

Upcoming Edmond bond elections will ask voters to fund tornado shelters for every campus in the Edmond school district.
By Steve Gust, For The Oklahoman Published: August 6, 2014

Many projects await action by the Edmond schools board in the coming year, including the search for a new superintendent and a goal to have storm shelters at every campus.

Board members this week approved those and other objectives in the district’s operating goals for the 2014-15 school year.

The board, dealing with increasing enrollment, in July awarded the last of an $80 million school bond package approved by voters in 2013. The $80 million is for school renovations and construction of two new campuses — Heritage Elementary and a new middle school, Heartland.

Heritage is scheduled to open next year and Heartland in 2016. The board also voted Monday to approve nearly $1 million for buses and other vehicles.

Future needs for Edmond schools continue, and bond elections are planned to be held in February as well as in February 2017.

Susan Parks-Schlepp, director of public information, said the bond issues, if approved, would total between $80 million and $84 million. Putting shelters in all schools would be a priority in the bonds, she said.

Edmond campuses with shelter rooms now include Angie Debo, Centennial, Cross Timbers, Frontier, Washington Irving and West Field elementary schools, Cheyenne Middle School and Edmond Santa Fe High School.

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