Images released of new Joplin High School - KOAM TV 7

Images released of new Joplin High School


Progress begins to show at the site of the new Joplin High School.  The director of construction of Joplin Schools says they are right on track to get the building up and running by the fall semester of 2014.

But new images released gives an insight on what people can expect to see in the meantime.

The designs for the new Joplin High School are state of the art.  A bigger gymnasium, a performance arts hall, and over all more space for students to move around.

Aaron Biggerstaff graduated from Joplin High a couple years ago and says he remembers the hallways always being crowded and is glad that problem is being fixed.

"It's going to be a lot more spacious now and you're not going to have all the hustle and bustle which is going to be great people are going to get to class sooner you don't have to worry about anything," says Biggerstaff.

As crews work underground Director of Construction Mike Johnson says come March they hope to be above ground starting on the skeleton of the structure.

He says having the new images of what they are working towards helps keep up their momentum.

"It really brings it to life for all of us so that's always nice to see that but it will never do it justice - when you actually walk in the building when it's completed that's when you are really going to see the actual product," says Johnson.  "We have the job programmed out and we know each month where we need to be and so far we are tracking to make that date, so we hope we have no more surprises and the weather cooperates and all the unknowns and worst fears materialize.  We need a little luck and good weather and I think we'll be fine."

The high school is going the green route and including sustainability in a number of different aspects throughout the building.

The estimated cost of the new high school is $92 million.  That money comes from a number of places including insurance, FEMA and donations.

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