Archive for Monday, August 10, 2009

District receives grant for storm shelter

August 10, 2009

Basehor-Linwood Superintendent David Howard announced Monday at the Basehor-Linwood School Board meeting the district had received a grant from the government to build a storm shelter in its health and wellness facility.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security granted the district $849,038 for construction of a tornado safe room in the facility, on which construction will begin soon. The facility will be built in compliance with FEMA 361 guidelines and will accommodate 1,200 people in the event of severe weather.

Both of the district's new schools still under construction will have storm shelters, and the district presented the idea of the health and wellness center shelter to give high school students and staff a safe area. The grant will cover 75 percent of the projected costs to build the health and wellness center.

For more on this story and other action at the Basehor-Linwood School Board meeting, see Thursday's Sentinel.

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