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Federal grant adds shelters to 8 Jackson Co. campuses

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The shelters will be for use by the students while school is in session and will be available to the general public when school is not. The shelters will be for use by the students while school is in session and will be available to the general public when school is not.
JACKSON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

A federal grant will put storm shelters on the campuses of eight schools in Jackson County.

Superintendent Kenneth Harding said there are requests for other schools in the county to get shelters as well, and he is confident all 18 schools will eventually have shelters.

The eight that are getting shelters include Bryant School, Flat Rock School, Earnest Pruett School, Dutton Elementary, Section K-12, and Paint Rock Valley.

The other two schools, Bridgeport Elementary and Bridgeport Middle will be getting two shelters on each campus.

Harding said the shelters will be for use by the students while school is in session and will be available to the general public when school is not.

He said he's pleased to get the shelters because, while it's important to education the children, it's also important to keep them safe from dangerous weather.

"That's the reason that we have school and the fact that we're doing what we can to make sure they're safe and watched after.  You know, my kids went through school at Jackson County and I felt good about that. I just think this is an extra mile," said Harding.

It wasn't just schools that benefited.  Two other shelters were also awarded.

One will go in a county park in the Princeton community.

Another will be placed inside the city of Bridgeport.

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