Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Board moves ahead with plans for new East Middle School

The Joplin R-8 Board of Education voted Friday to move ahead with plans for the new East Middle School and two elementary schools.

East Middle School will be designed for a 750-student capacity at an estimated cost of $23.3 million. A 450-student-capacity elementary school will be built next to East Middle School to serve Duquesne and Duenweg students. The two facilities will share space including a kitchen but will maintain separate identities. The estimated cost for the elementary school is $12.75 million. A name for this new elementary school has not been decided. The current Duquesne and Duenweg Elementary School properties will be held for future growth and a possible early childhood center. 

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