NEOSHO, MO.--- The Neosho School District is planning on building at least three new shelters for the community to use in case of severe weather. At one site, those shelters will benefit the students and faculty daily. On December 18th, the Neosho School District received a FEMA grant to build an on site emergency shelter at the high school, but it will also be used to fix another problem.
"We definitely have a overcrowding situation in our school, and so it's our goal to try and find a way to rectify that problem," said Dan Decker, Neosho School District Superintendent.
The school districts plan for the federal money is to construct a two story building at the high school, that will add at least 18 more classrooms.
"Being able to provide those classrooms, teachers will be able to have their classrooms without having to share. Which I think is a big thing when your talking about setting up classrooms and getting ready for students," said Decker.
"We needed the classroom space. We also wanted a shelter. We were able to get both of them using the same dollars. Allowing the federal government to pay for some of that," said Tim Crawley, Assistant Superintendent of Business and Finance.
The project will cost around $7 million, which the district will pay just under $5 million. The building will help eliminate some of the trailers they currently used for classes.
"That is our goal, to always provide for our kids the very best learning environment as possible. This is a great step in getting us in that direction," said Crawley.
The new building may in turn mean more courses offered that would meet student interests
"The needs of the students, I think that's always the number one. And being able to provide for them what they need when they are here with us," said Decker.
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