A note and some pictures from my sister, who lives in Joplin:
We drove the new high school last Thurs.
It happened to be open so we went in to investigate.
It turned out we were crashing Gov. Nixon’s press conference. He had not arrived yet, so we decided to look around.
We were quite impressed with everything. Apparently the kids are each going to be given a laptop and will have no books.
There are no lockers because of this.
I don’t know where everyone is supposed to put their coats but I guess they have a couple of months to figure that out.
Nixon was there to share with us that the state was going to make up the $1.5 million the schools will not receive because of tornado damage. It’s to compensate the school district for the taxes they are going to lose because of fewer businesses and homes owners paying their taxes.
It’s nice to be on the receiving end for once.
The high school is now in the old Venture or Shopco building in our mall.
It really is amazing that it has been converted into a state of the art school.
There are also a couple of modular units outside. I think these may be for science.
Also there are quite a few tornado shelters in the parking lot. I need to take a pic of those.