When the Federal Emergency Management Agency agreed to help fund construction of a Monolithic Dome in Niangua, Missouri, an area that had been hit by tornadoes in the past, school officials across the nation took notice. When FEMA announced in December that it was also going to help fund a Monolithic Dome in South Texas, the media started taking notice too.
In the February issue of District Administration Magazine, Marion Herbert writes about the multipurpose facility that will soon be under construction in Woodsboro, a small South Texas school district that is vulnerable to Gulf Coast hurricanes. The article mentions that a third school district also will be getting FEMA funds. The school district in Fowler, Kansas applied for a grant as well and qualified.
For all three school districts, the domes will replace aging facilities with an energy-efficient building that meets FEMA standards for near-absolute protection from tornadoes and hurricanes. The fact that the buildings should pay for themselves within 20 years with the energy savings alone makes the deal even sweeter.