ADA, Okla.- Construction is underway at Ada High School. It's the last campus to receive a new roof, but will be the first one to receive a new safe room building.
Ada High School’s new safe room will be built to FEMA specifications, able to withstand 250 plus mile an hour winds and category EF5 tornadoes.
Mike Anderson, assistant superintendent for Ada City Schools, said the new safe room is expected to be complete within a year.
“These sites will also have safe rooms but they’ll be classrooms, technology centers, multipurpose buildings that will be used every day but in the event of a storm or severe weather they’ll be large enough to accommodate all students and will be built to safe room specs,” Anderson said.
The construction is made possible by a $16 million bond issue approved by Ada voters last year. More than $5.2 million dollars of the Safe and Secure Schools initiative is going toward safe rooms and secure school entrances at five Ada City Schools.