GALENA, KS.--- Galena public schools have broken ground for a new construction project. Construction started last week at Galena High School. Not only will students have a better learning environment, the community will also benefit from a couple of the new facilities. Workers will be building a new fitness center, up to date science labs, and new storm shelters. The shelters will not only be open for the students, but local residents will also be able to utilize them during an emergency.
"Our locker rooms will be storm shelters as well. And we do open up our storm shelters to the community, so we're excited about that," says Brian Smith, Galena Schools Superintendent.
School Superintendent Brian Smith says he's looking forward to the construction because he's hoping the school will continue to play a large role in the community.
"Our plan is to open not just our storm shelters, but also a fitness center for our community. We're excited about that because our belief in Galena is that the school is the center of the community, so we plan to make it a community center," says Smith.
The work is being funded by bonds, which the community approved back in April. Smith says the construction is expected to be completed in August of 2014, just in time for the new school year.
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