JOPLIN, Mo. – Joplin school leaders will combine Columbia Elementary and West Central Schools.
The school board voted to move forward on the project at Tuesday’s meeting.
It will cost the district $19.6 million to complete the project. Debbie Fort emotionally commended school board members for approving the construction. She says she’s very happy to see students getting a much better school after learning in the environment they were forced to be in. District leaders will start Wednesday to find a plot of land for the new building.
Plans also include an addition to Kelsey Norman Elementary School.
The board will most likely submit a bond issue in 2020 for $25 million.
If that’s approved, it will not raise taxes for residents.