A ribbon cutting ceremony was held in December 2016 to officially open the new 16-room classroom addition and FEMA Safe Shelter at Tuloso-Midway Intermediate School.
The Intermediate School classroom addition was the last project of the $36 million passed by taxpayers in 2011.
Groundbreaking on the project was Dec. 1, 2014 and the architects for the project were Gignac- Associates and PBK. The general contractor was KJM/Victory. The classroom addition includes 22,972 square feet of new construction and 1,733 square feet of renovation.
The new building includes 16 new classrooms and two new science labs and a prep room.
“What we are very proud of is that all these new classrooms have the latest state of the art technology,” Superintendent Dr. Sue Nelson said.
The total cost of this project was $6.5 million.
Separate from the bond but part of the new construction at the Intermediate School was the completion of the 12,000 square feet FEMA Safe Shelter. The corridors to the new classroom addition are connected to the new dome. This project started with FEMA asking for entities to apply for a grant for community safe rooms; this was spurred by the aftermath of Hurricanes Catrina and Ike and the need for shelters after catastrophic events.
Groundbreaking for this facility was held at the same time of the classroom addition on December 1, 2014. This facility is equipped to provide only basic essentials for a minimum duration and is not a long term shelter. It is intended to save lives by providing a safe place that has been designed and constructed to resist wind forces, wind-driven rain, and debris impacts from a storm or similar event. The only requirement from FEMA is that 80 percent of the space be free to be used in case of a declared emergency. The rest of the time the school district has complete operational ownership of the facility.
Tuloso-Midway is planning on using this facility as a gymnasium and for T-M PM (afterschool day care program). The total cost for the FEMA Dome is $3.6 million dollars with 75 percent paid for by FEMA and 25 percent paid by the school district.
The ribbon cutting ceremony was held inside the FEMA Safe Shelter.
The crowd was treated to a patriotic performance by the 3rd Grade “Voices of the Wind.” After a brief history of the construction project was given by Assistant Superintendent, Rodney Sumner, the Board of Trustees and other dignitaries cut the ribbon officially opening the facility for our students.
More than 100 attendees were then given the opportunity to walk through the facility to see the new classrooms and other parts of the new facility.
“In the end it was a wonderful night,” Dr. Nelson said. "I hope the community is as proud as we are of these new facilities.”