Webb City Schools break ground on safe room expansions - KOAM TV 7

Webb City Schools break ground on safe room expansions



   Webb City breaks ground on the first two of seven-safe room projects for the school district  adding safety now and space for later.
 With shovels taller than themselves, Madge T. James kindergarten students help break ground for an expansion.  One that will meet FEMA safe room standards..

Drake Carter understands its importance.  He says, "If tornado comes we get to go in there."
Robyn Clark isn't afraid to admit, " I really don't like storms."

Principal Amanda Green says, "We have over 300 students here, very small children and its very comforting to know we will have a very  safe place to be in case of an emergency like that." 

And the superintendent says there will be  no more crouching in hallways in the dark Which isn't very conducive to calming down students.  "Now kids will go into the safe room, you could have activities throw a basketball out," said Superintendent Anthony Rossetti.
 Plans for the kindergarten center  are to create a new library and  a gymnasium and  replace the current multipurpose room.

Rossetti says, "We will  not only have an  improved contemporary media center but  also have a PE (physical education) area. Those areas that are in the school now, we can change into classrooms.  We can better  utilize them for more educational purposes. Its an expansion of our facilities at a very low cost."

It's not just safety added at  the middle school and kindergarten center.  Altogether the district will build seven safe rooms.. While FEMA grants pay 75 percent of the cost, the district did have to go to taxpayers for the rest of the bill.

Rosetti says, "FEMA only pays for the box. Anything you want to put in it,  you've got to have to pay for it on your dime.  We approached the community,  expressed how we could use these beyond just the safe rooms, just the boxes and I think they approved of our plan. They approved it by 79 percent at the polls."  

Webb City school board president Kevin Crane says of FEMA grants and the bond issue, "It  helps us stretch our dollars further, our community support over the years has been tremendous."

 The middle school broke ground to build what will serve as a new band room there.
Board members say the FEMA grants are allowing them to add a sense of security in a smart way. The total cost of the seven projects is about 20-million dollars. 
     Eight-point-seven-million comes from FEMA, nine-million from the bond issue, and the rest comes from capitol reserves.

  The buildings getting safe rooms throughout the district are: Harry & Bess Truman Primary center campus, Madge T. James kindergarten center, Webster Primary center, Webb City middle school, Webb City junior high school, Webb City high school and Carterville Elementary.




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