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Hillcrest High School Receives $1.29M FEMA Grant

Hillcrest High School’s cafeteria will soon become a safe room to withstand natural disasters. The Springfield school received a $1.29 million FEMA grant for the project. KSMU’s Adam Murphy reports.

The relocating and remodeling of Hillcrest’s cafeteria was going to happen anyway, using money from the bond issue passed earlier this month. These funds, however, will be offset by this Hazard Mitigation Grant from FEMA. Dave Bishop is the director of building services for Springfield Public Schools. He says this 8,400 square foot facility will house the school and community in the case of natural disasters.

“We’re going to be able to design the cafeteria portion as a safe room, which would basically harden the walls and surrounding structure to withstand an F5 tornado. That brings benefit to both the community and the students and staff within the school,” said Bishop.

The cafeteria is going to be moved to the basement of the school. The new cafeteria safe room will be able to hold the entire population of the school, around 1,300 people.

Springfield Public Schools has also applied for grant funds from FEMA for safe rooms in Jeffries and Westport Elementary Schools.

For KSMU News, I’m Adam Murphy.