Spencer, WI (OnFocus) The Village of Spencer is the recipient of $2,926,153 in Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) funds through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
The funds are for the construction of a 28,850 square-foot, dome-shaped safe room at Spencer High School, which can be used during times of severe weather by the community.
“We are excited about these funds and the support it will provide,” said Dr. Darrell L. Williams, Wisconsin Emergency Management administrator, in a release. “We are grateful to FEMA for their continued support!”
The grant covers 90 percent of the $3,251,281 eligible project cost, of which the Spencer School District will pay $325,128.
The allocated funds were greater than expected by the district a year ago and will have a significant impact on school improvements, which were approved through a referendum last April.
“It was a nice surprise,” said District Administrator Mike Endreas.
Now that the grant dollars are allocated, the district will be able to proceed with the construction process, since it would otherwise have defaulted on the grant if work was completed. The dome will include a new gym and music rooms as part of the planned expansion.
Construction will begin mid-to-late summer, according to Endreas, with the goal of completion by the 2021-22 school year.
The grant money will also free up funds for additional projects, including bathroom renovations, upgrading the original elevator, and enclosing an unused outdoor area at the elementary school.