Frontenac School District receives grant for new shelters, classrooms

FRONTENAC — After a year of preparation, Frontenac School District was approved for a grant to help build multipurpose classrooms which will also serve as storm shelters.

USD 249 Frontenac was approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for $1,780,000 in Hazard Mitigation Grant Funds. The grant will be used to build two multipurpose safe rooms at Frontenac High School and Frank Layden Elementary School.

The district will pay for the non-federal match requirement of $667,282 for the structure and expenses to operate classes within the multipurpose classrooms — including paint, flooring, ceiling tile, desks, cabinets and lights.

The total expected cost for the project is approximately $3.5 million.

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