Fallin touts school shelter plan

BY RANDY ELLIS

Gov. Mary Fallin on Wednesday announced her endorsement of a plan to let every school district in the state ask voters to approve a one-time increase in the district’s bonding capacity to pay for storm shelters and other school safety improvements.

“Last year, we suffered some horrific storms, tremendous tragedy and the loss of life of schoolchildren and individuals,” Fallin said, citing the tornadoes and storms that struck Moore, Oklahoma City, El Reno and other communities last spring.

The storms killed 50, including seven students at Moore’s Plaza Towers Elementary School.

“As a mother, my heart was broken,” Fallin said.

The school security plan will be contained in House Joint Resolution 1092, which is authored by state Reps. Mark McBride, R-Moore, and Jon Echols, R-Oklahoma City, both of whom represent districts that were devastated by last May’s storms.

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