Claremore Daily Progress

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October 29, 2013

Superintendent McClaren says Claremore schools adequately built for storm safety

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CLAREMORE —

The proposal did not adequately explain that the ballot would bring about a franchise tax on Oklahoma businesses in order to pay back the debt. 
The franchise tax would go to the state’s general revenue fund and the state would see a loss if the funds were used to retire a bond debt, he said.
Dorman, a supporter of the initiative petition, said the rewritten version focuses more on the financial aspect of the proposal and not enough on the project’s goal -- protecting children.
Petitioners have until Dec. 16 to secure approximately 156,000 signatures needed to put the issue on the ballot.
McClaren said Claremore schools are adequately built for strong storms, including tornadoes. 
“All of the schools have designated secure interiors surrounded by solid concrete walls. Could we still use storm shelters for each of the schools, probably so,” he said. 
“I endorse the concept of (storm shelters in every school), I just wish we had a little more time. December is an awfully short amount of time to generate the signatures.”
McClaren will visit with principals on Tuesday to decide if they are interested in supporting the petition. If they are interested, he said the schools’ PTOs may be a source for obtaining the signatures.

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