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A FEMA-approved and 75 percent funded building to keep you safe and serve multiple purposes


Yvonne Miller

Some members of the South Barber Board of Education attend a groundbreaking ceremony for a new storm shelter and multi-purpose room to be constructed by the elementary school funded with a FEMA matching grant. They stand with Chris Baalmann (third from the right) who is president of Protection Shelters LLC. The board members are (from left) Bryan Quick, Deborah Helfrich, Ryan Molz, Mark Pollock, Baalmann, Jenna Mostert, and Superintendent Dr. Mylo Miller.

The mood was upbeat on a beautiful June morning in Kiowa, Kansas. With ceremonial hard hats and shovels, some of South Barber's board of education members and Superintendent Dr. Mylo Miller stood on the east side of the elementary school located on east Main Street for a groundbreaking ceremony.

Construction on a 1,400-square-foot building is to begin this week. As announced at the February school board meeting, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded South Barber USD 255 $314,688 for the proposed multipurpose room at the elementary scho...

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