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OKCPS Town Hall Meeting
CITY, OK-- Dozens of parents gathered in the Northeast Health Sciences and
Engineering Academy Auditorium for a town hall meeting with Karl Springer,
Superintendent of Oklahoma City Public Schools.
a strategic goal of our school district to really engage the community," said
open discussion with parents covered several topics, including student success,
campus security after Newtown, and bullying.
we can have a frank discussion about school with parents it's going to be
positive," said Springer.
officials invited parents and families from six OKCPS campuses to attend
Tuesday night's town hall, including parents of students at Douglas High
School, where 90% of seniors may not graduate.
have talked to the parents who say they're having a hard time getting their
children to go the extra mile in order for them to graduate," said
Sandra Tutson, who attended the meeting, "that's a big concern for
granddaughter is only in Pre-K, but as a Northeast Oklahoma City resident with
a grandchild enrolled in OKCPS, she says it's important for her to join in on
the conversation on how the district can better serve students.
is America tomorrow," Tutson explained, "and we need to get them ready
today that's very important."
says in order for the 44,000 students in OKCPS to be successful, parents and
the district must work together.
matter," he emphasized, "they're important."
next town hall meeting takes place January 29 at Rogers Middle School.
Posted: Tuesday, January 15 2013, 10:00 PM CST
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Safe room mandates remain rare in tornado states
May 24, 2013 07:24 GMT
By DAVID A. LIEB Associated Press
MOORE, Okla. (AP) -- When a deadly tornado tore through the central Oklahoma city of Moore, many survivors emerged from their storm shelters to see their homes blown away.
The mayor suggested that storm shelters should perhaps be mandated for new homes. But that may be hard sell.
But not a single state currently requires storm shelters in new homes. And not even many communities do so.
Costs remain a deterrent despite the life-saving potential of personal storm shelters. So, too, does a general resistance to government mandates in politically conservative states in the nation's heartland where tornadoes are most prevalent.
Instead of a stick, Oklahoma currently offers a carrot to build storm shelters. It uses federal funds to award $2,000 rebates to residents who win a special storm-shelter lottery.
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