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Joplin school board approves timeline to rebuild schools

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Updated September 28 at 1:05 PM CST:  Joplin School District officials have set another ambitious goal - this time with rebuilding damaged properties.

Last night the school board approved the timeline proposed by the Joplin Schools superintendent.

The new East Middle School and both Irving and Emerson Elementary will built by December 2013.

For safety reasons Irving elementary will be built near the site where St. John's plans to rebuild.

In August 2014, Joplin High School and the Franklin Tech Center are set to have their ribbon cutting ceremony.

Board members say there is no room for error and plan to award bids to experienced and skilled contractors.

Reported September 27, 2011 at 4:08 PM CST:  Tonight the Joplin Schools superintendent will provide the school board with an aggressive timeline for rebuilding schools destroyed in the May 22 tornado.

The simultaneous rebuilding plan puts Joplin on the construction fast track.

Superintendent CJ Huff, PhD will tell school board members tonight that three schools should be rebuilt and opening by August 2013:  East Middle School, Emerson and Irving Element aries.  The Joplin High School should take a year longer, with the plan to have it reopen by August 2014.

The superintendent says contractors say it is doable.

Because its current location isn't considered safe, Irving Elementary could move to property at the old St. John's being donated by the hospital.  But Emerson's size and shape  could shift some as well.

"We'd like to move a little bit to the south of Emerson and look at some properties across the street and look at closure of 19th Street just in front of that block in front of Emerson Elementary School,  increasing the size of that footprint - certainly a landlocked school," says Dr. Huff.

This Friday the district begins seeking bids for the demolition of the damaged schools.  Then on Monday it will seek bids for architectural designs of their replacements.

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