NIXA, Mo. -- The results of a multi-million dollar bond issue are becoming a reality in the Nixa School District. Crews are finishing up major construction projects to expand schools. Workers just finished adding on two gyms that will also be FEMA safe shelters at Inman Intermediate and Matthews Elementary schools.
However, the work is not done. At Nixa High School, crews are adding in an entirely new wing to the building. It's the same thing crews are doing at Nixa Junior High School.
School leaders say all four expansion projects are funded by a $9 million bond, but the district has to get voters' approval for a second bond to finish the high school and junior high projects.
Crews are finishing up the first parts of those projects, while some junior high students are going to class in trailers. That's not because of the construction, though. Instead, it's because of overcrowding. School leaders hope the new additions help to ease the student overflow.
"We can finish construction to where the wings are usable for the classrooms. We just have gotten in the habit, because we've grown so much that we've learned how to build as much as you can. Finish what you can for the students to use and then, when you get more money, you finish the rest of it," said Nixa Schools communication director Zac Rantz.
School leaders say, by August of next year when the new school year starts, students can expect to go to class in new classrooms at the high school and at the junior high. They also say the new additions at Inman Intermidiate and Mathews Elementary schools are in use, but they're still waiting on FEMA approval to open them as public storm shelters.