Schools revamp shelter areas after assessment

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Students in a southern Indiana school district will have new places to seek shelter from tornadoes following a study that found some areas being used for refuge weren't safe.

Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. officials ordered the study of the district's 19 buildings after a deadly tornado struck a school complex in Henryville in March 2012.

The Republic reports the study found problem areas including the hallway near the entrance at Johnson Early Childhood Center, locker rooms at Mt. Healthy Elementary School and east-west corridors at Richards Elementary School.

Areas near the gymnasium and auditorium at Columbus North High School also were deemed unsafe for shelter.

Assistant Superintendent Linda DeClue says each school will practice a drill with the new shelter locations before tornado season begins in March.

Information from: The Republic 

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