NIXA, Mo. -- As students get ready to head back to classes, a few districts in the Ozarks are already preparing for severe weather, trying to use a lesson from the tornado in Joplin last year.
The Nixa School District received more than $2 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for two shelters, and construction is well underway.
“Our children are our most precious commodity. Anything we can do to keep them safe is the upmost important thing that we do. Having a facility that we can put our kids in and know that we will be safe, I think it gives us peace of mind for all of us here,” said April Hawkins, principal of Inman Intermediate School.
“The Joplin videos were really bone chilling. They hit to the core of our responsibility to provide safety and security to the community and students and staff,” said Superintendent Stephen Kleinsmith.