Work progresses on safe rooms on FCSD campuses

By DAVID TISDALE,

Safe rooms designed to provide immediate shelter needs for students, faculty and staff members at school campuses throughout the Forrest County School District, such as in the event of a tornado, are on track to be completed by early next year, according to FCSD Superintendent Brian Freeman.

The structure at Dixie Elementary School was completed in the spring; at North Forrest High School, construction is nearly complete, and work is underway on the safe room at South Forrest Attendance Center. Work will commence soon and continue through the spring at Earl Travillion Attendance Center, North Forrest Elementary and Rawls Springs Attendance Center.

The majority of funding for the approximately $1 million facilities comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, with 10 percent in matching funds from the school district. The safe rooms are designed for short-term use and only for students, faculty and staff at each school. 

“These facilities should be completed by next summer, if not sooner,” barring any delays that might be caused by weather or other factors, Freeman said following the Nov. 11 FCSD Board of Directors meeting.

Prior to the start of the meeting, Freeman and the board of directors continued recognition of students who made perfect scores on state assessment subject tests that began at last month’s meeting. Those recognized Nov. 11 included students from Dixie Elementary, Rawls Springs Attendance Center and North Forrest Elementary School.

“It’s a great accomplishment (perfect scores), not only for our students, but for the parents and teachers who support them,” Freeman said.