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Construction on Fredericktown safe room pushes school back

Construction is almost completed on a brand new FEMA safe room in Fredericktown, Mo. Construction is almost completed on a brand new FEMA safe room in Fredericktown, Mo.
FREDERICKTOWN, MO (KFVS) - Students in Fredericktown, Missouri will head back to school a week later than expected.

Administrators said that is because there are still a few finishing touches that need to be made on the FEMA safe room.

It is currently being constructed right beside Fredericktown Elementary School.

Fredericktown R-1 Superintendent Brett Reutzel said teachers still need to move into the building and that is why they moved the district's start day back.

Kids will return to school on August 21.

The safe room is expected to be completed by August 18.

Middle school administrator Ken Lunsford said after the super storm that came through in May of 2009, the safe room will add another level of protection for students.

"Panic kind of set in within most of the community and our students. It was drastic for students to watch the storm come through," Lunsford said.

Lunsford said the 80 mph winds damaged all of the district's buildings and even ripped off parts of the roof.

Darian Brewen was a freshman at the high school when the storm blew through.

She remembers having to take cover in the bathroom.

"We could see the roof shingles coming off and the tree was coming out of the ground and we were freaking out, we just didn't know what to think really," Brewen said.

Lunsford said the new safe room should help parents feel like their students are safe while at school.

"This most certainly is going to relieve some of that stress," Lunsford said. "Parents now know that when there's a bad storm approaching they don't have to run up here and grab their kids, they know they are going to be taken to the storm shelter and it will be okay."

Lunsford said the safe room will also house several classrooms and a computer room.

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