WEBB CITY, MO.--- A group of Webb City students and staff will soon have a safe place to go if there is a tornado. Madge T. James Kindergarten Center is getting one of the seven storm shelters that will provide a safe place for students, staff and the community. The gym is currently two classrooms without walls, but with the new safe room, the school will also have a gym plus a media center. The superintendent says the tornado shelter will allow the old gym to be reverted back into classrooms. This will help as the student population expands.
"So we don't plan to have to come back to the voters and ask for dollars for expnsion, because we're set. We're are in a good position," said Anthony Rossetti, Webb City R-7 Superintendent.
Webb City Middle School students also celebrate a groundbreaking for a new FEMA building as construction begins. The storm shelter will also serve as a band room. It's being paid for through the help of a federal grant, community donations, and reserve school funding. Depending on weather, construction will be be finished in 220 to 230 days, just in time for the new school year in August.
"Just knowing that we have a place where we can take our staff, our students, and the community as well, that's just a great thing. It provides me with a level of comfort. I know our students and staff feel the same way, knowing that they have a place they can go and knowing that they will be safe," said Alicia Zornes, Webb City Middle School Principal.
School district leaders hope to have some type of safe room at every school facility in the next three years
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