New city codes for storm shelters won’t effect school district’s 2017 bond issue

New building and construction codes regarding storm shelter safety requirements will have no effect on the Lawrence school district’s upcoming bond issue. The code amendments, approved Tuesday by the city commission, require storm shelters for any new K-12 educational facilities as well as any existing schools where an addition would increase current square footage by more than 25 percent. This rules out any ongoing projects, including the final renovations being carried out now as part of the district’s 2013 bond issue for elementary schools, as well as the proposed $87 million bond issue slated for a May election that would renovate Lawrence’s secondary schools.

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