During a special board meeting Wednesday night, the R-8 Board of Education, on a vote of 6-1 with Debbie Fort casting the dissenting vote, approved the moving of administration from the MODOT Building to the former Memorial Middle School.
According to the Joplin Globe's report, Dr. Fort indicated she voted no because she wanted to find out more about the range of costs for the fiber network.
From the KOAM report:
However, the former Memorial school building is in need of some modifications.
"It was built as a school, with large classrooms that will have to divided up with some walls and office space for confidentiality purposes," said CJ Huff, superintendent of Joplin Schools.
The total budget for the project is up to $325,000, with $150,000 for building modifications, $125,000 for technical installations, and an additional $50,000 for moving expenses.
Officials are hopeful the costs will not be as high as projected.
"A lot of the estimates we have are just that, estimates," Huff said. "Best guesses as to what it will cost to do various parts of the project."
Huff says a portion of the funding will come from this year's budget allocation for capital improvement projects.
"As it stands right now, it looks like we're going to have about $20,000 left over in this year's budget that we'll be able to apply to the construction project," he said.
The remaining funds will come from the district's general operating budget.