The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

December 3, 2012

Construction of Joplin schools on schedule

By Emily Younker

JOPLIN, Mo. — Mild temperatures and a lack of significant rainfall have helped keep construction of Joplin’s new schools on schedule, according to Mike Johnson, the school district’s construction director.

Windy conditions in recent days have presented somewhat of a challenge as the first pieces of the East Middle School building were scheduled to be put up, Johnson said Monday.

“We have lost a little bit of work on these gymnasium walls due to the wind, but they (construction crews) are doing things today, so it’s not stopping them today,” he said while surveying work at that site.

Meanwhile, the Hope High School sign at 20th Street and Indiana Avenue has been disassembled, brick by brick, by crews from Mid-Continental Restoration Co., of Fort Scott, Kan., the same company that removed the brick eagle sculpture from the gymnasium of the old high school building, Johnson said.

The sign will remain in storage for now; no decision has been made on where it will be reassembled.