The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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July 3, 2012

School district joins city in seeking disaster funds

JOPLIN, Mo. — The Joplin School District and Joplin city government have joined forces in a joint application for substantial disaster funding via the federal Economic Development Administration.

The Board of Education this week authorized administrators to seek $3 million. Joplin city government is seeking $40 million.

The school district would use the money for additional programming at Franklin Technology Center.

“The purpose of those funds would be to help expand our programs and enhance our career pathways approach,” said school district Superintendent C.J. Huff. “Franklin Tech is all about work force development with all of our education programs.”

The competitive grants are available to 11 states in the region for “shovel ready” economic and work force development projects in states that have been affected by disasters.

The programs the district has considered adding include diesel technology, cosmetology, child care and preschool certification, and emergency medical services certification training for high school students, Huff said.

The school board on Monday also voted to accept the resignation of Barbara Rooker, assistant principal at Cecil Floyd Elementary School, and tabbed Karen Secrist as her successor. David Myers was designated the in-school detention teacher for Joplin High School students.

Next meeting

THE JOPLIN SCHOOL BOARD will meet next on Tuesday, July 24, with a work session at 5:30 p.m. and the regular business meeting at 7 p.m. at the administration building, 3901 E. 32nd St.

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