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Oldest School in Morgan County to Construct New Safe Room Shelter

MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - Morgan County Superintendent Bill Hopkins Jr. says the Morgan County School Board is adding safe rooms as part of the planned renovation at Falkville High School.

“We retooled a bond issue a few years ago to build some new schools and to work on Priceville High School and we know we’re going to have some excess money for that, so we’re going to use that to renovate Falkville High School,” Hopkins explains

Falkville’s safe room will not only increase safety for students, it will be a place the entire community can seek shelter during severe weather.

“Falkville is a community,” Hopkins says of the quaint little town, “and we want to make sure we offer something for the community so even when school is out we’re going to be able to open that up and allow the community to come in.”

One of the toughest choices school systems have to continually make is deciding when is the safest time to allow students to leave school during a severe weather threat. Now, with new building code mandates and many areas retrofitting their facilities, schools are becoming some of the safest places to be.

“We’ve often talked about, with our new schools that we’re building now that we’d actually be sending students home to areas that probably are not as safe,” Hopkins says, “but anytime we have an opportunity to build something that’s safe for our children and for our communities, we’re going to do that.”

The $2.5 million project will likely start sometime during the upcoming school year.