Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

Front Page

January 30, 2014

Fallin endorses plan for school storm shelters and safe rooms

Proposal lets local governments raise debt limits

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma — Gov. Mary Fallin endorsed a proposal Wednesday that would enable voters to weigh in on efforts to improve school safety and grant school districts a one-time increase in local bond limits to pay for storm shelters, safe rooms or other upgrades.

Local governments are limited in how much debt they can carry. The governor suggested a statewide vote on whether to allow districts a one-time chance to increase the limit as long as the money raised is used to improve school safety.

“These are important projects, and there needs to be a solution to that,” Fallin said. “There are many school districts that need our help, and we want to help provide that help.”

Fallin made the comment during The Associated Press’ Legislative Forum, a gathering of statehouse leaders held annually before each legislative session.

Democratic state Rep. Joe Dorman, who is considering running for governor against Fallin, has proposed a $500 million state bond issue to help schools pay for shelters. Dorman’s proposal is supported by some parents whose children died when a tornado tore into Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore last spring.

But the governor said that wouldn’t be enough money to pay for the roughly 1,100 school buildings across Oklahoma without safe rooms. Fallin also said Dorman’s proposal would be of little help to the 700 schools who already have installed safe rooms.

“There are schools that may already have safe rooms that may want to look at other safety needs and evaluate those,” she said, suggesting bulletproof glass or metal detectors.

Also during the forum, Fallin and Republican leaders in the House and Senate reiterated their support for cutting the state’s income tax. But both the governor and Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman suggested that the state would need to come up with ways to offset the roughly $120 million annual price tag for a .25 percent reduction in the income tax.

Text Only
Local News
Senior Housing Addition

A worker frames what will someday be a sidewalk in front of some duplexes included in a new senior housing addition being constructed on the west side of Pauls Valley. A second phase for the project will get underway soon.

Sports
Obituaries
  • Francis Leona ‘Chock’ Rutledge

    Francis Leona “Chock” Rutledge, 94, of Lindsay was born Nov. 29, 1919 and passed away July 22, 2014 in Norman, Okla.

    July 25, 2014

  • Nellie Travis

    Nellie Lee Dutton Travis of Elmore City, Oklahoma was born September 10, 1932 in Blackwell, Oklahoma to the late Ferguson Roosevelt “Ted” Dutton and Alice Vaughncil Harrison Dutton and passed from this life on July 22, 2014 at her home in Elmore City, Oklahoma at the age of 81 years.

    July 25, 2014

  • Lisa D. Brinkley

    Lisa D. Brinkley of Springdale, Arkansas was born to Clarence (C. L.) and Bertha (Wright) Pelfrey on November 3, 1947 in Yuba City, California and passed from this life on July 15, 2014 in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma at the age of 66 years.

    July 17, 2014

  • Roger Glen Clayton

    Roger Glen Clayton, of Wynnewood, was born April 22, 1960 in Arizona to Sonny B. and Wanda Ruth (Riddle) Clayton. He passed away July 10, 2014 in Newcastle, Oklahoma at the age of 54 years.

    July 17, 2014

Community News
State News
  • Purcell, Lex bridge ready for traffic

    A couple of area communities are likely feeling a collective sense of relief as a normally well traveled bridge is set to reopen this week.

    June 13, 2014

  • Robbery Suspect Search on after bank robbery

    A manhunt is on for a lone man who robbed a Pauls Valley bank early Monday afternoon.

    June 11, 2014 1 Photo

Business
Business Marquee
Entertainment Reviews
Dawn of Apes Poster

Poster for "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," showing this week at the Royal Twin Theater of Pauls Valley.

  • ‘Dawn of Apes’ takes franchise to best level yet

    Since I’m not rolling in the corporate movie profits and typing from a solid gold i-Pad, you’ll just have to trust me that I’m not being paid off to write so many glowing sequel reviews in recent years.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

Must Read
AP Video
Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Airstrike Shatters Fragile Calm in Gaza Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Fox Dons 'Bondage Strap' Skirt at Comic-Con Raw: Violent Clashes Between Libyan Militias Today in History for July 28th 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma
Stocks