The Long-Range School Facilities Planning Committee met recently to continue their efforts towards developing recommendations regarding facilities at Joplin Schools. The goal is for these recommendations to be submitted to Joplin Schools Board of Education for review this spring. Five subcommittees made up of close to 50 members including staff, parents, and the community will review the following over the next few months:
Joplin Schools Administration Building: relocation options
Existing schools/building needs: reviewing the current/future needs of existing schools and buildings
Buildings and property: analyzing existing property that is not currently in use
Future construction needs: consideration given to current new construction needs and future growth
Five-year capital outlay needs: review repair and renovation items that should occur within the next five years
One of the topics that has drawn interest recently is the relocation of the district's administration offices. The last day for administration at the former Missouri Department of Transportation facility is May 31, 2015. The district has been leasing the space from the state for the last three years at a much reduced cost. The state worked closely with the district following the tornado and has continued to help the district during its recovery.
The subcommittee reviewing this issue established the following guidelines, pending a cost benefit analysis:
Review existing district facilities and property that may have the capacity to keep all administrative services together.
Research affordable lease/purchase opportunities in the community.
As the subcommittee begins its work, it was discussed that:
The location of administration was important with a preference to a location in the center of the community.
Keeping administrative services together in one location was important for staff, parents, and community.
Using existing property owned by the district was preferred (For example Memorial Education Center, etc.).