Construction project 65 percent complete

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

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The Cassville School District's first FEMA emergency shelter facility, which is being constructed on the R-4 campus where the middle school field house was formerly located, is around 65 percent complete. In the photo above, crews work on the lobby entrance, which was added to the construction project to provide additional shelter to students as they move from the primary, intermediate and middle schools into the emergency shelter. Once the project is complete, the new building will double as a multipurpose facility and be used for performing arts events. In the photo below, Jill LeCompte, director of instructional services, talks about the portable stage that will be located on the west side of the building and the seat-back bleachers that will be installed on the east side of the building. The facility will also feature gymnasium style flooring with basketball goals at the north and south ends of the building. Decorative lettering that reads Cassville Wildcats will be added to the duct work that runs along the length of the building. According to LeCompte, a committee has been appointed to gather fundraising ideas, which will be used to collect donations for the portable stage and performance arts sound system. The R-4 District received $1,552,000 FEMA grant that will cover the majority of the construction costs for the project. In January, the R-4 School Board approved a $1.04 million lease agreement that will be used for the district's 25 percent grant match and help with additional finishing costs, including the bleachers, acoustical treatments and a sealant for the precast concrete. When the building is finished it will provide emergency shelter for over 700 students and staff members.

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