I'm excited by the plans for the new South Middle School, which I had a chance to examine today for the first time. The subject is being talked about now during the Joplin R-8 Board of Education meeting, which is being televised on Jet 14 on Cable One in Joplin.
The classrooms are going to be considerably larger than the ones we are currently teaching in, while the library/media center will actually have enough room to seat two classes, whereas our library at South now can barely handle one large class.
The new computer labs will also be spacious, something which will certainly help the students in my communication arts classes when we do our third quarter Civil Rights Movement research project.
The building also has numerous other pluses to recommend it, and it will be far safer and more attractive for the students.
We are scheduled to move into it in the fall of 2009.