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Storm Shelter Construction in Carl Junction Leads to Shift of Classrooms:Teacher Start the Move

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CARL JUNCTION, MISSOURI -

  The end of the school year is the start of moving for part of the Carl Junction school system.

Construction of storm shelters is creating space and a sense of security. 

The last day of the school year means packing  boxes for teachers like Devin Thomas. A new storm shelter and connection will add twelve classrooms meaning kindergarten and first graders once housed in two buildings will soon be together. 

Thomas said that will bring benefits. "Our collaboration will be a lot more combined. If we have questions, concerns, we're all there in the same building. Our principals aren't trying to juggle two buildings. Everything will be in one location."

As teachers move to the k-1 south building where extra classrooms are being created by the storm shelters construction, k1 north is now open for other uses.

District public relations director Tracie Skaggs said, "Our alternative school will go on one end. Head starts’ already located there.  And then the rest of it will be educational support services. Like technology offices will be there. Special services will be there. Enrollment will be there, all sorts of things."

Kids leave rooms today with emptied shelves and hallways full of pallets loaded with classroom stuff until the storm shelter, one of three is completed.  But all said the shelters bring more than added space.

Kindergarten and first grade librarian, Jessica Read is combining libraries and facing the challenge of less space but said she is glad to have storm shelters.  "I think it’s fantastic. I know that I will feel better about all of our kids not worrying. There's always a fear of what's gonna happen with the roof or the wall  and this way we will have that security and peace of mind to know we're all gonna be safe."

Student Claire Eubanks, a rising 7th grader said, "We know we're in tornado alley but at the same time we’re also not nervous cause we're so prepared.  And I feel like we're not gonna be as nervous any more cause we have the storm shelters."

Student Melia Chase said of tornadoes, "I know that they  can do a lot of damage so this is really gonna help us."

First grade parent Melissa Laster said, "I would always wonder whether I  should pick him up from school  so he could be with me and be safe. Now, knowing they have somewhere to put the children in case of bad weather, makes me less worrisome."

And Devin Thomas also said she feels secure.  “I think it’s fabulous. In Missouri you never know when weather’s gonna happen especially having pre-k, k-1 kiddos. It’s the best thing for students to be safe.”

Buildings that bring a sense of security and a way to handle growth in the district. A  second  storm shelter will be located on the west side of campus for second through sixth grade students and doubles as a gym, commons and new kitchen. While a junior high-high school shelter will offer indoor use for athletics and band.  

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