Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Joplin R-8 Board approves combined Columbia/West Central elementary school, Kelsey Norman addition

The Joplin R-8 Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday night to combine Columbia and West Central elementary schools and build an addition to Kelsey Norman.

The vote approved the recommendation of the district's Long Range Facilities Committee, which consists of administrators, teachers, students and community members.

Board members expressed some sadness and conflicted thoughts about the elimination of the smaller neighborhood schools, but indicated the final decision came down to safety and the current facilities not being equipped to handle 21st Century education.

"I will be voting with a heavy heart, but a clear mind," Board President Sharrock Dermott said.

Board member Lori Musser expressed similar concerns.

"I want people to know this is not an easy decision. We've spent the last few years trying to remedy the problem. We need to do what is best, not just for our kids at Columbia and West Central, but for the district.

 The plan calls for a no-tax bond issue of $22 to $25 million.

The estimated cost of the project is $19.6 million for the combined Columbia/West Central and $2.875 million for the Kelsey Nornam addition, which will enable the district to remove modular classrooms that are being used.


They do it all for the kids said...

This time will they will be sure to buy the furniture and seating correctly THE FIRST TIME? Even if they have to travel to Germany to save money!

Anonymous said...

Great move!

Anonymous said...

Very sad but time marches on.
Wonder how they will get that bond extended.

Anonymous said...

Watch the "haves" of Columbia move right on out of this new school zone loaded with "have nots" of both schools. Why not Jefferson too?

Anonymous said...

The "haves" of Columbia? You mean those people on 2nd and Moffett?

Anonymous said...

Please don’t use the architects who designed East, Irving, and the abomination as Joplin High (aka Joplin sports complex south).

Let’s build a school that looks like a school and not a glorified amusement park.

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

"Haves" and "have nots", the poster means those with jobs and those who love meth.