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Things are going up at Viola School

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Photo by Emily McIntosh Viola Superintendent John May said the main hallway of the new Viola School building will be a storm shelter built from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) standards.
Things are beginning to come together for the new Viola High School building. As steel beams and concrete are put up, one can notice how it is beginning to look like a school.

Viola Superintendent John May said, "They're laying block and working on the storm shelter."

May explained that the storm shelter is the main hall of the building that is set up to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) standards. Although FEMA did not fund the storm shelter, May said it is built like a FEMA storm shelter should be.

May said the main hall of the building, which is to be the storm shelter, has concrete floors and walls and will have a concrete ceiling if the weather holds out. May said the contractors ran in to some delays with rains over the summer and during October, but May said the contractors expect to be done with the first building phase, which is on the current building site.

The new building will have classrooms, computer labs, an art room and offices along with other space.

Once the first building is complete the second phase with be a physical eduction building with eight classrooms. For the second phase, contractors will have to demolish two current buildings on the school's campus, which are the old elementary building below the hill next to the elementary playground and a building that currently serves as the parent center. These buildings are some of the original buildings built in the 1940s.

"We're trying to figure out if anyone's interested in buying rocks from the buildings," May said.

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