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August 26, 2012

Joplin School Board to consider policy on naming schools

JOPLIN, Mo. — Names for Joplin schools and classrooms will be discussed at the Joplin Board of Education meeting on Tuesday.

Board President Randy Steele said no vote will be taken on naming what has been called “Elementary 2,” which will house students from Duenweg and Duquesne. Additionally, the board will consider forming a committee to rename other buildings in the district.

“I’ve been talking with a number of parties interested in donating funds, like alumni groups, for the new schools’ construction, and we thought it was time to establish a process for if someone wanted to donate funds for a classroom or a science wing or something as simple as a flower bed and have their name on it,” said Superintendent C.J. Huff.

Steele said Kaminsky Gymnasium at the high school, named after former Joplin High School coach Russ Kaminsky, will not be renamed.

The board also will be given a construction update on the rebuilding of schools that were destroyed in the May 22, 2011, tornado.

Other items on the agenda include a contract amendment with Corner Greer & Associates, the architect and design firm, to increase its payment by $28,000 for preparing specifications for the new high school’s audio-visual system and digital message boards. The payment would be made with insurance proceeds, bond funds and reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The board also is to approve soliciting construction bids for Irving Elementary School, and East Middle School and its community safe room.

“Those are the ones that are really on the front burner,” Steele said.

In other business, the board will:

• Evaluate the district’s communication efforts, which include media and internal communication.

• Adopt updated policies to be in line with policies written by the Missouri School Boards’ Association.

• Hear reports from the administration on enrollment and state assessment results.

• Review a rough draft of goals that will be considered by the board for formal approval in September.

• Go into closed session for discussion of legal actions, hiring and firing of personnel, and personnel records.

Want to go?

A work session will begin at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday for the Joplin Board of Education, and the regular session will start at 7 p.m. The board meets at the administration building, 3901 E. 32nd St.

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