NEOSHO, MO.--- School officials officially broke ground today for the two story FEMA shelter and 18 classrooms. These additions will be added onto the high school. It's a $5 million project and so far, the school district is paying for 48%. 52% of the funding comes from FEMA. School officials say the additions give students and the community peace of mind.
"To know that there is a storm we're going to be able to put all 1,600 students in a safe location. And also bring in community members as well to make sure they are safe. It is just an outstanding addition to the high school and to the community," said Darren Cook, Neosho Principal.
"A shelter close enough for people to come to is not a luxury that they have and so this is going to be much needed. We really don't have a lot. People have to go to basements or they go to Crowder, but being in town this will be a much needed facility," said Dan Decker, Neosho Superintendent.
The project is estimated to be complete by mid March of 2015.
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