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Former Memorial Education Center could soon serve as Joplin Schools' administration office

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The Joplin School District is leaning towards using the former Memorial Education Center as its new administration office.

The building, located off the corner of 8th Street and Wall Street, across from Memorial Hall, served as the 9th and 10th grade center following Joplin's tornado, until the new high school opened.

District officials say using the former school building provides a cheaper alternative to renting or purchasing a new building.

Superintendent CJ Huff says all changes to the facility will be minor, in case it is once again needed as additional classroom space in the future.

"The possibility always exists that we could have some explosive growth here in Joplin, so if that were to occur, we'd have to have some place for our students to go to," Huff said.  "We're trying to be cognizant of that fact and trying to look to the future, as well as addressing some of our immediate needs."

The school district's lease on the current administration building ends on May 31.

Officials expect a final decision on the new location to be made at the next school board meeting later this month.
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