The Scott City R-I Board of Education met in special session on May 2, 2012, for the purpose of reviewing and accepting the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency, Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), Design Funding Approval Form, Phase I.
The District grant application for the construction of a Tornado Safe Room was approved by Federal Emergency Management Agency. The FEMA awarded the grant of $1.5 million dollars and will provide funding based upon a FEMA support of 75% of eligible items and local funding support of 25%. The FEMA has given the District permission to move forward with Phase I of the grant, which includes the design of the building. The District began saving money for the construction of the building last year, in the hopes the grant would be approved.
The FEMA Tornado Safe Rooms are built to withstand an EF5 tornado with winds of up to 250 mph. The plans are for the District FEMA building to be a visual and performing arts center that includes a theatre auditorium and art gallery.
The grant, with its monies, is broken up into two phases. Phase I focuses on drafting and getting the design approved by FEMA; Phase II focuses on the actual construction. It is estimated that Phase I will take about 6 months to complete, and Phase II should take about 24 months. The entire project has an estimated completion date for sometime around the fall of 2014.