The Moore American

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March 19, 2014

Resolution would allow school improvement vote

MOORE — This fall, voters in Oklahoma could be able to consider a question on the ballot that would amend the state Constitution. 

House Joint Resolution 1092, by state Reps. Jon Echols and Mark McBride, authorizes school districts to submit questions to a vote of the people to approve issuing of bonds for the construction or improvement of school safety facilities such as safe rooms or underground storm shelters.

The measure passed out of the House by a 65-28 margin and will head to this fall’s ballot as a state question if it passes the state Senate later this Legislative session.

“This measure allows for greater local control on how school districts and communities plan for the safety and security of their schoolchildren,” said Rep. Mark McBride, R-Moore. “If a city or town has an absolute need to improve the safety situation at their schools, a vote of the people in that area can approve for a bonded debt increase for the improvement and or construction of school safety facilities.”

“This resolution allows local communities to do what they need to do to protect their school-aged children when severe storm season comes along,” said Rep. Echols, R-Oklahoma City. “Local communities should have the option and authority to do what they feel is right for them in this area. This measure is a great step in continuing the efforts to protect our children.”

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