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Local bond issues may be best option regarding safe rooms in schools

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: June 3, 2013

In seeding a private effort to make schools storm safe, energy firm Apache Corp. pledged $500,000. Clearly, many more private partners will need to open their checkbooks to make any sort of dent. One legislator says state or federal money could be part of the pot.

Oklahoma's emergency management director, Albert Ashwood, is looking for new funding sources at the urging of the governor. “We need to come up with a plan that ... does not make schools wait for funding,” he said Thursday.

As those efforts commence, the best bet may be for school districts to consider bond issues to build multipurpose safe rooms. Oklahomans have historically supported school bond issues. Given what happened May 20 at Plaza Towers Elementary, where seven children died, they're unlikely to balk at the idea.

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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