by LISA OLLIGES
Joplin school officials say they have their marching orders to create a building plan.
Phone survey results on the future of elementary schools.
Joplin school officials surveyed around 400 patrons in November by phone, primarily to determine if the district should proceed with building improvement plans.
The district says elementary schools, including Columbia, are already overcrowded. The school has two mobile units to keep students out of hallways, but the building is one of several built between 1927 and 1931. It does not have a true kitchen and food is wheeled to the cafeteria each day.
Superintendent C.J. Huff, PhD, says despite the recent elementary additions, middle school construction and the state of the economy the survey showed a surprising 69% support for funding more renovations or construction of elementary schools.
"That was encouraging - that was a temperature gauge - 'are we wasting our time developing a facilities plan right now or should we wait a few years?'" says Dr. Huff. "I think it was a very clear expectation - 'please move forward with developing some plan' - 'get our input as you go through the process but get those plans developed.'"
A final report on the survey and complete survey results are available at the districts website.
Read the Joplin School "Power of Know" survey results (PDF)