The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

January 22, 2013

Carthage board responds to growth in grade schools

From staff reports

CARTHAGE, Mo. — A new modular classroom is planned for Mark Twain Elementary School next year, to respond to growth in the elementary grades in the district.

Members of the Carthage School Board on Monday approved specifications for the unit, to contain two classrooms, It will be the second modular unit at the elementary school, according to Mark Baker, assistant superintendent for business.

“We have to add a teacher there next year and there is literally no space. We’ve used up everything that’s available,” Baker said Tuesday.

There also are two modular units at Pleasant Valley Elementary School, with one each at Fairview and Columbian elementary schools and one at Carthage Middle School.

A new high school opened in 2009 helped address some space needs in the district but Baker said student numbers have continued to grow, especially in the elementary grades, Baker said.