Davis County School Board discussing grant for a safe room
At Monday night's meeting, the Davis County School Board will discuss plans to move forward with a FEMA grant that will go toward building a safe room at Davis County High School.
The project has been in the works for about a year. The district has been working with the Davis County Multi-Jurisdiction Hazard Mitigation Plan to make sure the district qualifies for the grant and with the Area 15 Regional Planning Commission to start putting the application together.
Davis County High School still has the second phase of renovation to do, which includes building music, band and wrestling rooms and a gymnasium. After the board officially decides whether or not to move forward with the project Monday night, the plan is to construct one of those rooms as a safe room that meets FEMA requirements.
"Any time we have an opportunity to make them safer, I think we should take advantage of that," said Dan Maeder, Superintendent of the Davis County School District. "And through FEMA, because of this grant program through FEMA, we can take what our plans are for an existing structure, building an existing structure, and make it even safer to fit that purpose, it only makes sense."
Being on the tip of Tornado Alley with severe weather that occasionally moves through, Maeder said the project is a proactive approach.
If the project moves forward, Maeder said it all depends on when the federal funding will come through for a construction timeline.