Formal groundbreaking held for Purdy storm shelter
School officials, students turn out for community milestone
Ground was formally broken for the new storm shelter, performing arts center and preschool for the Purdy school district in a ceremony held on Tuesday at the construction site.
Most of the students who were not testing came out to the site to cheer on the official start of the $3.1 million project. This will be the first FEMA approved storm shelter inside the city, and is being built large enough to house all the city's residents in case of a severe storm.
"We started our application for funding with FEMA over five years ago," said Superintendent Steven Chancellor. "It took a lot of work and time. Today we realize it was worth the wait."
"It's a wonderful day for Purdy," said Randy Henderson, school board president. "We're hearing the kids talk about it. We didn't realize it [having a storm shelter] was on their minds that much."
Chancellor added that with construction underway, the building will be up and ready for use at the peak of tornado season this fall.
"In the bet case scenario, we will never have to use it," Chancellor said. "If the situation arose, we'll be ready to go."