JOPLIN, Mo. —
The Joplin School District is seeing a nearly 1 percent increase in enrollment over this time last year.
September’s formal enrollment numbers — a total of 7,559 students — will be presented Tuesday to the Joplin Board of Education. The total is made up of 3,683 elementary students, 1,762 middle school students and 2,114 high school students.
Those numbers are largely up from September 2012, when 7,490 students were enrolled in Joplin, Superintendent C.J. Huff said.
While high school enrollment remained steady, middle school enrollment rose by 74 students, Huff said. A smaller increase was seen at the elementary level; the largest growth is at Cecil Floyd Elementary School, which has 25 more students than last year, he said.
“That was an area that was hard hit (by the 2011 tornado), so it sounds like families are moving back to that area,” he said.
The board on Tuesday will also consider as part of its consent agenda:
• $59,200 in furniture purchases from VS International for Soaring Heights and Irving elementary schools and East Middle School. Administrators said the furniture, which was selected for its flexibility, mobility, color, texture and ergonomics, needs to be ordered now so that it can be delivered in time for the schools’ opening in January 2014.
• $22,800 for a new pickup truck from Roper Buick for Franklin Technology Center to replace one that was destroyed in the 2011 tornado. The truck will be bought through a grant in which the state education department will provide 75 percent of the funds and the district will be responsible for 25 percent.
• The renewal of a lease for three buses from Sovereign Busing, at a cost of $841 per month per bus. The district initially leased 10 buses from the company following the 2011 tornado, with the lease to expire at the end of this month. Administrators seek to retain three of those buses on a lease through June 30, 2014, to provide shuttles between Joplin High School and Franklin Technology Center, to shuttle student athletes between their schools and sports practice locations, and to accommodate additional routes and ridership at tornado-damaged schools.
• Several change orders and amendments to bid packages for projects at Joplin High School, East Middle School, Soaring Heights Elementary School and the safe rooms at Eastmorland and Stapleton elementary schools.
• An evaluation of the special education program, which takes place annually to ensure that the program complies with state and federal guidelines.
The Joplin Board of Education will meet at 5:30 p.m. for a work session and at 7 p.m. Tuesday for its regular meeting at the administration building, 3901 E. 32nd St. The agenda includes a closed session for legal and real estate matters and personnel issues.