Galena School Construction Adds Safe Rooms for Storm Season - KOAM TV 7

Galena School Construction Adds Safe Rooms for Storm Season


Construction of safe rooms at a Galena school should be complete before storm season. 
The addition at Spring Grove elementary creates two classrooms that will serve as storm shelters for both students and members of the community. 
The high school also has construction underway.  Footings are being poured for a new gym. Its locker rooms and fitness center will also serve as storm shelters. Up to a thousand could find shelter at the high school and four hundred at Spring Grove.


At the high school new science rooms will accompany the new gym.  Superintendent Brian Smith says, "They're quite antiquated  and our gym its quite antiquated as well so we've certainly outgrown the space.  The Tuesday Riverton Galena game showed that we don't have seating capacity." The  superintendent says they sometimes double book gym space  mixing middle and high school students which he says  doesn't work well.  Athletes like Macey Van Cleave will be glad to have more space for fans. She says, " Everyone's excited about it.  Its gonna bring more people in to watch our sports and we're really excited about it."

 New locker rooms will replace small aging ones and a fitness center that's open to the community will also be added. Both of those will be  serving as safe rooms. 

 Superintendent Smith says "I think with the Joplin tornado we've all realized that while  although statistically its  not likely the chance is still there.  We looked at Oklahoma  and  they didn't have storm shelters so its great our community will have some safe place to go."

 At Spring Grove Elementary, construction on the exterior is almost complete.  Two new classrooms will serve as safe rooms once finished out with dry wall and other furnishing.  Classroom space principal Lisa Scarrow says in short supply, "We are overcrowded at capacity here so  the additional classrooms with allow us to expand."

Currently the school's basement is a shelter for students and Galena residents. Scarrow says the school is opened up the community who bring  their pets. She says the basement doesn't hold as many.  "This will be a huge addition." And officials say  finished in time for storm season. 

Construction  on the high school addition isn't expected to be finished until August of 2014. 

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