Joplin High School Students Settle Into New Building

By Gretchen Bolander

Published 09/02 2014 06:17PM

Updated 09/02 2014 07:53PM

JOPLIN, MO.--- "It's definitely worth it. This campus is amazing," said McKenzie Arisman, JHS senior.

Joplin High School Senior McKenzie Arisman is finding a lot to like at her new school. She's especially looking forward to the new coffee shop.

"I'm going to help work it," said Arisman.

This is her third school in three years, so she's ready for it to be permanent. The building is mostly done, with work ongoing at the gym, auditorium and about a dozen classrooms.

"Some of the classrooms aren't done yet, so meeting in the cafeteria is kind of hard to find but other than that, it's not too bad," said Arisman.

Some students were also finding it tough to track down permanent classrooms, but there was plenty of help to point them in the right direction.

"It's a lot of new stuff to learn, new bell schedules and new arrangements, but it's nice to be here," said Karisa Boyer, JHS teacher.

Teacher Karisa Boyer had been spread over three sites in two buildings. So she and her students are settling into the new school together. Other teachers didn't waste any time trying out the new floorplan. Mary Crane's third hour moved out of classroom, exploring just what it's like to be back at 20th and Indiana.

"I mean, first day anywhere is going to be pretty messy, but I think we'll get the hang of it. I'm excited to see where it goes and what happens," said Claire Cox, JHS junior.

The biggest hiccup came before school started this morning. A traffic jam slowed down the process of getting into the parking lot, or just dropping off a student. JHS will be using the doors near the Franklin Tech greenhouse as another drop off site to try and restore traffic flow tomorrow.  

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