Storm Shelter Progress
"The Next Step" ballot measure included four storm shelters located at Central Elementary, Field Early Childhood, Benton Elementary, and Neosho Middle School. Two shelters are complete, another will be completed August 2021, and the fourth has just received approval as an official FEMA Community Safe Room.
Field Early Childhood & Central Elementary Storm Shelters
Steel shelters at Field Early Childhood and Central Elemtentary were completed in October.
Neosho Middle School Multipurpose Shelter
Neosho School District broke ground on the storm shelter located at Neosho Middle School on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. The shelter is one of the projects made possible by The Next Step Ballot Measure that was passed on June 7, 2020. This project is the third project in the scope of the measure, preceded by the installment of metal storm shelters located at Central Elementary and Field Early Childhood. The Neosho Middle School structure is a 5,500 sq.ft. multipurpose storm shelter that will double as a learning and professional development space. Construction is expected to begin in January and be completed by August of 2021, barring any unforeseen delays. The project is expected to cost $2 million, turnkey.
Benton Elementary | FEMA Community Safe Room
Neosho School District recently received confirmation of a $1.8 million FEMA grant that will allow what was previously slated to be a multipurpose storm shelter at Benton Elementary to become a FEMA Community Safe Room. This additional funding made possible by FEMA means that the shelter will be larger with automated functions that allow the surrounding community to use the space in times of a weather emergency.
This will be a multipurpose space allowing it to be used to offer Pre-K services at Benton Elementary. It will be just under 8,000 square feet consisting of two classrooms and one common room. The south parking lot will get improvements to include more parking spaces and the north parking lot will be adjusted to allow more efficient parking flow.
Construction is scheduled to begin early 2022 with an expected completion in early 2023. Construction costs for the project are estimated to land between $2.5 to $2.9 million.