Joplin Schools is proud to announce that Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan plan to attend the dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Joplin High School and Franklin Technology Center. The event will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3 at JHS/FTC, 2104 Indiana Ave., Joplin. Vice President Biden and Secretary Duncan will speak during the event. The Oct. 3 ceremony will mark the end of our three-year journey together to rebuild and recover after the devastating May 2011 tornado that damaged or destroyed half of the school district and more than one third of the Joplin community, including thousands of homes and businesses. Most tragic, 161 lives were lost, including 7 Joplin Schools’ students and 1 staff member. In January 2014, Joplin Schools reached a milestone in its recovery efforts with the opening of Irving Elementary, Soaring Heights Elementary, and East Middle School, returning more than 1,300 students to permanent schools. On Sept. 2, 2014, the rebuilt Joplin High School/Franklin Technology Center, the last of the district's major rebuilding projects, opened for more than 2,200 students and staff. As part of the Oct. 3 event, Joplin Schools’ students, staff, parents, and community members will attempt to break a Guinness world record for the longest ribbon used in a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The current record of 5.51 miles is held by the state of New Jersey for the ribbon cutting held to re-open the Jersey Shore on May 24, 2013. Joplin Schools will attempt a 6.5-mile ribbon. The 6.5 miles symbolizes the path of the storm through Joplin and the long, united journey to restore the Joplin community and the school district. The event will be open to the public. More details will be coming soon.