Voters in the Sallisaw school district will go to the polls March 2 to decide whether to allow Sallisaw Public Schools to issue $3.5 million in bonds that the school system would use to construct storm shelters for use by the school and the public.
If the bond issue passes, the school system plans to upgrade buildings, acquire school furniture, fixtures and equipment, along with the construction of the storm shelters.
The storm shelters are made possible by a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and they won’t be just for students. They are required by FEMA to be large enough to provide 4 feet of space for each student during school hours, but when school is not in session, the shelters will be available to Sallisaw residents and those in area communities during inclement weather.
Construction is expected to take about 10 months.
Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer
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