Joplin officials say they hope the learning center, created for 11th- and 12th-graders inside a vacant 90,000-square-foot department store using donations and federal relief funds, will establish Joplin as a hub of innovation, not as a district crushed by disaster.
There are no lockers or books at the high school, which students have dubbed "The Mall" though it is in a separate building from the stores.
"The design is what we call a flexible floor plan, with areas that are wide open for large group instruction and smaller settings that can accommodate a classroom and study areas," Dunn said. "It's a high-tech environment with large screens and computers everywhere. And Joplin's mascot, the eagle, will be prominent."
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
MSNBC; For some in Joplin, school means going to the mall
MSNBC has an article on Jopiln High School students preparing to attend classes in the old Shopko building at Northpark Mall: