JOPLIN, MO.--- Joplin schools are starting to see the walls go up on the construction of new safe rooms. A few concrete panels are already in place at the Cecil Floyd campus. The 7,000 square foot structure will serve both as a gymnasium as well as a community safe room. The Joplin School Board had approved bids for the first five projects a few months ago and today gave the go ahead for another four sites.
"It's a precast structure. We actually bid the original five projects both cast in place or precast offsite. And it was cheaper, more economical construction method," said Mike Johnson, R-8 School District.
The goal is to have all 14 safe rooms in place by the start of the 2014 storm season.
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