Two More Joplin Elementary Schools Receive Their Own Storm Shelters

By Bryan McLoone |

Published 03/25 2014 09:28PM

Updated 03/25 2014 10:20PM

JOPLIN, MO.--- Two more elementary schools in Joplin will be getting their own storm shelters. Joplin School District Superintendent Doctor C.J. Huff says each safe room will cost around $1.5 million. The school board received notification a month ago about their approved grant application for the two shelters. 

The West Central storm shelter will be to the west of the school and will be connected to the building. The storm shelter at Columbia Elementary will be behind the school on the east side of the street. Huff says once these shelters are completed, all the storm shelters in the district together will be able to fit 15,000 people.

"We want to make sure our kids are absolutely safe and these shelters provide that peace of mind. As well as, actual safety and protection from a storm. So this is a big deal to our kids and our parents," said Dr. C.J. Huff, Joplin School District Superintendent. 

Huff says these will be the last two safe rooms for the school district and should be completed by the fall. Huff says residents who live near each shelter will be getting information in the mail on how to use the shelters. Huff also says the construction on Joplin High School is still on schedule, and should be ready for the next school year. 

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