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Joplin School District approves new administration building location

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In a 6-1 vote tonight, Joplin School Board members approved the former Memorial Education Center as the new location for their administrative offices.

Christina Williams is one of the sixty staff members that will be moving into the new administration building, which she says is a more convenient location.

"We travel to all of the school buildings," she said.  "We're kind of way out on the end of town here, so downtown will be much better."

However, the former Memorial school building is in need of some modifications.

"It was built as a school, with large classrooms that will have to divided up with some walls and office space for confidentiality purposes," said CJ Huff, superintendent of Joplin Schools.

The total budget for the project is up to $325,000, with $150,000 for building modifications, $125,000 for technical installations, and an additional $50,000 for moving expenses.

Officials are hopeful the costs will not be as high as projected.

"A lot of the estimates we have are just that, estimates," Huff said. "Best guesses as to what it will cost to do various parts of the project."

Huff says a portion of the funding will come from this year's budget allocation for capital improvement projects.

"As it stands right now, it looks like we're going to have about $20,000 left over in this year's budget that we'll be able to apply to the construction project," he said.

The remaining funds will come from the district's general operating budget.

"It makes sense to us to go ahead and invest those dollars into a building that we already own, versus making lease payments," Huff said.

With a location finalized, officials plan to begin work soon.

"Because it's our building and we are using our people to do the labor for the most part, we'll get started right away," Huff said.

And staff members are hoping for the best.

"I am looking forward to how it turns out," Williams said.

The district's lease for its current location off 32nd Street comes to an end on May 31.

Administrators hope to be moved into the new site before that date.

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