The next school that’s built in Illinois may be the safest school in the state. The Illinois House has passed a bill requiring that new school construction conform to the International Code Council and include a storm shelter. Sponsoring State Rep. Brandon Phelps (D-Harrisburg) represents an area that knows what can happen.
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“Thank goodness when Harrisburg was hit, it was early in the morning before school (hours), and Washington and Gifford were hit on a Sunday, so they weren’t in school.” Harrisburg was a victim of a tornado in 2012; Washington and Gifford were among the communities hit last year. Phelps stressed his bill only addresses school construction in the future; nobody is required to retrofit.
Serving the areas of Alton, Godfrey, East Alton, Wood River, Roxana, Edwardsville, Jerseyville, Brighton, Bethalto, Grafton, Granite City, Hartford, Highland, Troy, Fairview Heights, Belleville and the surrounding cities.