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Construction planned for a new safe shelter at Nettleton

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Construction has already begun for a safety shelter at the Nettleton Intermediate and Middle School campus.

Superintendent, James Dunivan said the shelter will cost $1.2 million. Three fourths of that will come from a federal grant and the rest will be taken care of by the school district.

"They're like an above ground bunker," said Dunivan. "They look like a regular building but they have very thick concrete walls and ceilings."

It's an investment that he said is crucial for Northeast Arkansas.

"We live in tornado alley and any of us that have been in this area very long know that when spring comes in Jonesboro, we're grateful for the weatherman to keep us posted on severe weather," he said. "When you're a school our size or any size, when you have a safe room for your children and faculty to get into you feel a lot better."

As part of the federal grant requirements the shelter will also be open to the community.

"We have people assigned to open these buildings during stormy weather so that anybody can get in there," Dunivan said.

Dunivan said it's a building that will really benefit that area of Jonesboro.

"As far as I know there aren't any safe shelters in this side of town so this will be a big plus for this area," he said. "One day when we get approval to build at the Jr. and Senior High just across the railroad tracks, those will be two nice safety shelters for this area."

Dunivan said as money becomes available, he's hoping to have one on every campus.

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