Moore Public Schools

The rebuilt Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, one of two schools destroyed by the May 20, 2013 tornado.
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On Tuesday, Norman and Moore residents went to the ballot box to vote on propositions for community improvement.


The city of Moore voted on two propositions, worth $209 million, to complete storm shelters throughout the city's public school district. The bond measure passed with support from over 75 percent of the voters.


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Updated 12:51 p.m.

Police in Moore say they have taken a juvenile suspect into custody in connection with a threat that led to the evacuation of students and faculty members from Moore High School. Officials say the school has been cleared and students and faculty were allowed to return to classes.

Police say students and faculty members have been evacuated from Moore High School after officials received what they described as a specific and detailed threat.

Microscopic image of string-like Ebola virus particles shedding from an infected cell .
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Update, 7:53 a.m.: No Ebola threat for Oklahoma students, staff

The Oklahoma State Department of Health says Moore Public Schools students and staff members who were on the same Caribbean cruise ship as a health worker who worked with Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan's lab specimens can return to school Tuesday.

State Health Commissioner Dr. Terry Cline said in a letter to parents and students Monday the Texas Health Presbyterian worker never showed any symptoms of illness during the Carnival Magic cruise, and tests for the Ebola virus came back negative.

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This week marks 15 months since a deadly tornado swept through Moore, Oklahoma, leveling two schools and taking the lives of seven children inside Plaza Towers Elementary. It’s been a long journey, but the schools finally reopen Tuesday, and the kids are excited to be back.

10-year-old Marissa Miley was finishing up third grade at Moore’s Briarwood Elementary last year when an EF-5 tornado destroyed her school.

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Officials with Moore Public Schools are preparing for the new school year with a newly rebuilt Plaza Towers Elementary School following the 2013 tornado that killed seven students.

Officials with the school district and Plaza Towers led a media tour of the new school on Tuesday. Plaza Towers Elementary School was destroyed by an EF5 tornado on May 20, 2013. Seven students were killed.

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CORRECTION: The original version of this story from Oklahoma Watch incorrectly stated that Putnam City Public Schools requires all freshman boys and girls at its three high schools who don't opt out to attend health forums about abstinence and sexually transmitted diseases. The health forums are held only at Putnam City North High School.

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Meg Bourne is the founder of Art Feeds, a non-profit organization based in Joplin, Missouri, which expanded to trauma therapy after an F5 tornado swept through her city in 2011. 

She remembers seeing the media coverage from Oklahoma and thinking it was all too familiar. 

“On the day of the disaster, it really resonated with us watching all these news stories because it looked exactly like Joplin and what we had experienced in Joplin, and all we could think was, ‘How do we get to those kids?’” she said.

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Kathy Turner works with Take Shelter Oklahoma.  The group wants to build safe rooms to protect students from tornadoes like the one that destroyed Briarwood and Plaza Towers Elementary Schools in Moore.  Turner says her experience as a former school administrator showed her how important government funding can be.

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Danni Legg transferred her two kids to Kelley Elementary this past August. She moved them from Plaza Towers Elementary, after the tornado in May destroyed the school, causing the death of her middle child, Christopher, along with six other students.  Legg says returning to Moore after the tragedy was something she did for her children. 

"I wanted my children to understand the town didn't kill their brother," Legg said. "A tornado and the lack of good construction in the building is what killed their brother."

School Year Begins In Moore, Oklahoma

Aug 16, 2013
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Students are back in school in Moore, Oklahoma, nearly three months after a deadly tornado tore through town.

The storm killed a total of 25 people, including seven third-graders who had hunkered down at the Plaza Towers Elementary School with their teachers.

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Officials at Moore Public Schools welcomed teachers to a new school year following a devastating tornado that destroyed two schools and damaged many others.

Superintendent Robert Romines spoke to more than 1,400 Moore Public School teachers Monday morning – 84 days after a massive tornado struck the community. He says about 750 new students enrolled in Moore Public Schools during the 2013-2014 school year.