Shawnee — North Rock Creek Public Schools is planning to build a Multipurpose Safe Room at their elementary campus.

According to Superintendent Dr. Blake Moody, NRC received a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to build the safe room.

"The 5,000 square foot safe room will contain four classrooms and restroom facilities," Moody said.

Two years ago the district applied for the grant and received official approval in October of last year.

"The estimated cost will be $2 million, of which FEMA will reimburse the school 75 percent ($1.5 million) and the school will pay 25 percent ($500,000) using Pottawatomie County Education Sales Tax dollars," Moody said.

Moody said the safe room will be connected to the elementary school building at the end of the third and fifth grade wing.

The safety room will be easy for elementary school students to access.

"Our elementary students are currently bussed up to the existing secondary safe room during inclement weather and drills," Moody said. "This safe room will provide shelter at the elementary site giving North Rock Creek two accessible places to keep kids safe."

When it's not being used for safety the room will act as a multipurpose room holding elective classes such as a computer lab, music, art and counseling.

"The primary purpose of the new safe room will be protection during tornado warnings and inclement weather for our children," Moody said. "The dual purpose of the facility will be to provide elective space for our daily use."

About 600 people can fit in the safe room.

Moody explained the district will be advertising for bids in March and opening bids in April.

"We are excited to provide another layer of safety to our students with this additional safe room," Moody said.