Moore superintendent talks building safer schools after deadly tornado

Moore superintendent

MOORE, Okla. – Moore Public Schools is the third largest public school district in the state with almost 25,000 students.

They were all on high alert six months ago on May 20.

The district made a crucial decision that afternoon; hold the buses.

All of the students whose parents didn’t pick them up from school were in their school building when the massive tornado hit about 3 p.m. that day.

Briarwood Elementary was leveled but there were no serious student injuries.

The Highland East Junior High gymnasium was hit but there was no one in that area of the school.

The most severe injuries were at Plaza Towers elementary where seven third graders died.

Antonia Candelaria, Kyle Davis, Janae Hornsby, Sydney Angle, Emily Conatzer, Nicolas McCabe and Christopher Legg were crushed under the weight of a wall that fell when the tornado hit their elementary school, Plaza Towers.

“Our conversations are very different when we move forward with decisions that need to be made,” Dr. Robert Romines said. “A lot of people ask, a lot of times the question comes up about saferooms. I never thought my first years as superintendent would be about conversations about how to protect students and staff and community against severe weather.”

Ali Meyer just interviewed Moore’s superintendent about where he was May 20 and how the district is rebuilding, including plans for eight new saferoom structures.

She will have the full interview ready at 10 p.m.


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