Operation Eagle Pride Update #4

It is a great day to be an Eagle!

Operation Eagle Pride

Operation Eagle Pride is the second phase of the District's Long Range Plan that was adopted by the Fordland Board of Education in 2014. The school district is focused on providing the highest level of educational opportunities for the students and preparing the Fordland School District for 2030 and beyond.

Fordland voters approved the $2.64 million no tax increase bond and levy increase issue. The ballot projects include renovating, expanding, and innovating learning and activity spaces at the high school, middle school, and elementary campuses.

The Fordland School District will be providing updates to the Fordland Community on the progress of the 2020 Operation Eagle Pride bond referendum throughout the design and building process.

HS Gym and Safe Room Groundbreaking

HS Gym and Safe Room Groundbreaking

Update on the High School Gymnasium Construction

The Fordland School District will be starting to accept bids in the middle of September for the main portion of the gymnasium construction. Due to supply chain issues, it is anticipated that it will take 26-52 weeks for the steel to arrive for the main portion of the gym. The Fordland District will continue to provide updates on the bond projects throughout the fall.
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FEMA Safe Room Grant in the final stages!

The Operation Eagle Pride safe room project will be funded by FEMA and will provide 1.3 million dollars of additional funding for the MS/HS safe room project. The final construction documents have been submitted to FEMA and approval of the construction documents are expected by the end of September 2021. When the FEMA grant gets final approval from this fall, the Fordland Activity Center and Safe Room project will move forward with construction starting in the winter of 2022. The MS/HS safe room is part of the 2020 Operation Eagle Pride bond projects.

Districtwide HVAC replacement and roof repairs to be completed in the Fall of 2021

The Fordland School District has started to replace aging HVAC units throughout the district. HVAC replacement, funded from the 2020 Operation Eagle Pride bond and levy, will continue through the 2021-22 school year.

Roof replacement and roof renovations at the high school campus and elementary school started in August and should be completed by December of 2021.

High School Agriculture Building

The Fordland R-3 Farms transformation is well underway! The district has fenced off district property on the north and east side of the high school property. Earthwork for the new Agriculture Barn started at the end of August. Construction on the new facility will start in the middle of September.

Fordland FEMA Saferoom

Spring Weather is upon us and the Early Childhood Center FEMA Safe-Room is available to anyone in the tornado protection zone whenever the weather turns.

During non-school hours (before 7:45 AM and after 3:30 PM) the operations of the Safe Room will depend on the assistance from the key personnel as outlined below.

School staff members that are assigned, are on-call for after school hours when the National Weather Service is predicting severe weather. Those responsible for acting as the Field Manager(s), Assistant Field Manager(s), Equipment Manager and Assistant Equipment Manager(s) will perform the same duties as outlined above. When a tornado watch is issued the designated safe room area will be cleared if necessary and readied for occupancy by the public. When a tornado warning is issued (tornado sirens activated) by the Webster County Emergency Management Director, the Safe Room will be opened for surrounding residents within the TPZ (tornado protection zone) to seek shelter in the Safe Room.

After the tornado event is over the Site Manager will activate the remaining operation team members and their duties will commence as necessary as outlined above.