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Domed-shaped schools deemed tornado-proof shelter for eastern Missouri students

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(KMOV) -- At first glance the five domes that make up Valley R-6 Elementary School in Caledonia, Missouri look odd, but school officials say they are the safest buildings in the face of a tornado.

“They are tornado proof - hurricane proof - fire proof and so our kids are very safe, “says Valley superintendent Brad Crocker.

Crocker says the district built the first two domes in 2001 and since added three more to house classrooms, a gym and a cafeteria.

They are made with a concrete shell over a steel frame and curved in a way that allows wind to blow over them.

The buildings, he says are also very energy efficient and are less expensive to build than conventional school buildings.

So far the only four districts in Missouri have dome structures.

According to Crocker, “I think part of it is the look of the buildings, it’s completely different from normal construction and I think that of itself throws people off.”

Now, the superintendent says there is more interest in the domes from other districts who are sending officials to look at the Valley buildings.

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