The Monett R-1 Board of Education took steps toward its next construction project at the Monett Elementary School during a special meeting held this week.
Eyeing construction that would include enclosing the campus, the board hired Sapp Design Associates to prepare architectural and schematic plans for the facility. Sapp designed the Southwest Area Career Center and the Monett Intermediate School under previous contracts with the district.
According to Superintendent Dr. John Jungmann, part of the latest plan calls for construction of a 7,500-square-foot storm shelter at Monett Elementary.
"A storm shelter that size would house 1,200 people, all of the elementary school students and faculty plus all the residents within a half mile," Jungmann said.
To pursue the project, funding is available through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Jungmann said. The board voted to apply for a FEMA grant of $900,000 from the district.
To be eligible to apply for the grant, the board also voted adopt the 100-page Barry County Hazard Mitigation Plan. The county plan, prepared by the Barry County Emergency Management Office, had to be accepted as a prerequisite for seeking grant money, the superintendent said.
Specifications for the storm shelter were provided by FEMA, Jungmann said. The district can expand on those plans. Jungmann expects Sapp's design will conbine the shelter into a multi-purpose building, probably a gym, for daily use.
The board is expected to seek voter approval for a no-tax-increase bond issue in April to pay for construction at Monett Elementary.