Marion Unit 2 Awarded Grant for Safe Room

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MARION -- The Marion school district has been awarded $1.2 million to build a safe room at Lincoln Elementary.

The money comes through FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program and will cover 75 percent of the project's $1.67 million total cost.

The safe room will be used by students and staff, as well as nearby residents, during severe weather.

"This grant will help the Marion School District ensure the safety of hundreds of students when severe weather threatens," said Jonathon Monken, director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. "We're very pleased with the approval of this grant and look forward to working with the school district as they move forward on this project."

Marion Unit 2 will be responsible for $417,728 for the safe room project.

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