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Groundbreaking for new Webb City High School safe room

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A groundbreaking of sorts was held inside the gymnasium of Webb City's high school.  Construction has begun on a new severe weather safe room that will also double as a new gymnasium and commons area.

Within the next two years, all schools within the school district will have a safe room.  The total cost for all safe rooms is $20 million.  Funding includes FEMA grant money and $2 million from the school district's reserve funds.  

The schools' superintendent says the safe rooms are more than necessary.

"We had school the day after the (Joplin) tornado, and emotion was running high.  To think that people were coming to a school, which is supposed to be safe for kids, and taking them home because they thought that was safer," says Superintendent Tony Rossetti.

The new high school safe room is set to be completed by the end of December.  It will be able to hold 3,000 people.
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