Safe room grant another district win
Two weeks ago, it was announced Eudora USD 491 would receive a grant for $567,000 FEMA grant that will pay 75 percent of the cost of building a tornado safe room in the new elementary school.
The grant announcement came as the school is being built and the safe room already planned. The inclusion of a safe room capable of protecting up to 800 students from the destructive power of projectiles hurled against it at 200 mph is a near necessity in Kansas with its unpredictable weather — as the community was reminded less than a month ago.
Although not as spectacular as the U.S. Department of Education grant, which could provide $750,000 a year for four years, the district learned it would receive earlier in July, the FEMA grant has demonstrated once again the district adeptness of identifying grants that can improve the safety and well being of the district’s students and successfully apply for them.
An added blessing of the latest grant is it will provide the district with a cushion from unexpected construction costs.
Also demonstrated again is the district’s ability to work with other jurisdictions in the grant process. In this case, it was Eudora City Administrator Cheryl Beatty and assistant Pam Schmeck’s complete of a mitigation plan that made possible the application for the grant.