The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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April 26, 2012

Board terminates contract with Urban Metro

JOPLIN, Mo. — The Joplin School Board voted in closed session Tuesday night to terminate its contract with an out-of-state contractor who had been hired to perform demolition at three Joplin Schools for “lack of performance.”

Urban Metropolitan Development, based in Atlanta, Ga., had won the bid to demolish and remove the debris of Irving Elementary, the old South Middle School and Joplin High School.

The contractor sued the district in federal court earlier this month for allegedly not making progress payments to the company.

The board’s vote in closed session was released to the Globe by Superintendent C.J. Huff. The district is opening up bids today for a new contractor to finish the jobs, Huff said.

In October, Urban Metro was awarded a contract for $155,322 to demolish the high school and a contract for $134,230 to demolish South Middle School by the Joplin Board of Education. In November, it was awarded a contract for $139,260 to demolish Irving.

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