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Delta school district postpones safe room

Nov 20, 2013 -- 10:47am

Southeast Missourian

The Delta School District has tabled plans to build a safe room/multipurpose room until it finds out whether it can get additional funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Superintendent Nate Crowden said the district received six bids for its facility. All of them came in over budget. They applied for $641,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency about two years ago. FEMA was to provide 75 percent of the cost of the room and the school district 25 percent. The lowest bid was $808,000. Architect Brett Dille of Dille & Traxel Architects said in October the estimated cost of the room, which would be on the west side of the high school gym, is $632,000. The 4,000-square-foot room would withstand winds from an EF5 tornado and hold about 350 people. It would have precast concrete walls and roof panels and a generator.

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