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Joplin Schools considering $240 million budget

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The Joplin School Board is considering a more than $240 million budget with the bulk needed for rebuilding.  The budget includes more than $150 million to finish four schools downed by the tornado in 2011.

The budget includes a 1% raise for employees at a cost of $584,000.

While high school students currently use laptops the budget includes monies for iPads for 8th grade students.

Also, five new buses will be purchased.

The district is expected to add cameras to buses and in some cases is considering WiFi.

"They have technology from one to one initiative their work stations are mobile so it would make better use of their travel time on busses we think $15,000 we've identified will go a long way toward equipping those newer highway buses," says Joplin Schools Chief Financial Officer Paul Barr.

The district is budgeting $7 million for new furnishings for the new Irving, East Middle, Soaring Heights and high school.

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