• Storm shelters coming to Tulsa schools despite education cuts

    By: Cailey Dougherty


    TULSA, Okla. - Quick facts:

    • New shelters are coming to Tulsa schools.
    • The shelters are funded by a bond passed last year.


    A new storm shelter is in the works at a north Tulsa elementary school.

    It is one of 20 new school shelters on the way to Tulsa thanks to a bond passed last year.

    Parents said they are hopeful the shelters could one day be at all Tulsa Public Schools, especially after recent tornadoes inside the city limits.

    The Springdale Elementary's coming shelter is already bringing peace to parents.

    Officials at Tulsa Public Schools said 77 of the schools in the district already have shelters built to FEMA standards.

    Springdale will be the first of the 20 schools built.

    The statewide budget cuts will not affect shelter funding, according to officials, because it is secure in a bond package that was already passed.

    The Springdale shelter will cost around $300,000.

    Officials said it should be completed by November.


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