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Carl Junction Schools seek input from all for long range building plans

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  Carl Junction school district officials say in the past,  building efforts have come as a reaction to surges in enrollment because of population growth. Now officials want to be proactive.  So they're getting ideas from a variety of groups about how the district should build in the future and what needs to happen first. 


Kindergarten students and first graders occupy two buildings on  campus.  Teachers would like to see all those students together. 

The school district is currently seeking input on it's long range building plans as architects collect ideas and create multiple proposals.

Superintendent Dr. Phillip Cook says, "They're looking at all kinds of scenarios and options  but ultimately its to expand our programs, to expand what we can offer our students and do it in an efficient way."

The  school district has 25 to 40 acres of available land for future building, much of it behind the football field. Getting staff, students and citizens to weigh in now on what should be built first and where is important.  Cook says growth for the district has been to the south which is actually in Joplin city limits.  But in five to ten years, the district could consider building an elementary school there. 

School board members met with architects earlier and say opinions now are important so the land is used wisely.  Lisa Knutzen, board member says, "Once its built you're not gonna move it so  you want to make sure we get the right decisions before we start breaking ground."

A  playground between two kindergarten/first grade center  elementarys has already been mentioned as a possible storm shelter location something important to those weighing in on the land use. 

Knutzen says the process, "Gives us a chance to prioritize what we want to do for the district, get some future building plans. We've had many people come up  and say we need safe rooms  and so this plan will address those needs converting safe rooms and also having them be multipurpose facilities." 

Giving citizens a voice  now should lead to greater support if a tax increase is needed to fund building but the board is trying to avoid that too. 
Knutzen says the board's  been working to do a no tax increase bond issue but must prioritize  where it  puts those dollars first. 

Plans circulating now include the possibility of creating more access roads to the high school and extending other streets through the campus.   The long range plan program is costing the district 30 thousand dollars but the superintendent says its important to be proactive and not wait until enrollment becomes a problem. 





 

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