JOPLIN, MO.--- The Joplin School Board receives a progress report on construction around the district. Tonight, Director of Construction Mike Johnson told the board work is on track for three schools to be complete when students return from Christmas break. Those schools include Irving, East Middle School and Soaring Heights. Johnson says there's still a lot of work to do and described the project as an extreme makeover build on steroids. He says everything will be worth it to get students into permanent facilities.
"It is exciting yes but it's also a sense of closure since the disaster to be whole again," said Mike Johnson, Joplin Schools Director of Construction.
Johnson says those three schools will include safe rooms, which will complete with the rest of the construction. He says work is underway on five other safe rooms around the district. Safe rooms at West Central and Columbia have been delayed, partially because of the government shutdown. Since they're historic buildings, there's extra paperwork involved. Johnson hopes to have all that finished soon in order to get those built.
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