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January 9, 2014

New Joplin schools open

JOPLIN, Mo. — After two and a half years of planning and construction and three snow days that delayed their official opening, Joplin’s three newest schools — Irving and Soaring Heights elementary schools and East Middle School — permanently opened their doors to students today.

Teresa Adams, principal of Soaring Heights, said the morning went off without any issues. School faculty and staff had hosted an open house for families the previous night, which calmed a lot of anxieties and stress about navigating the new building.

Shiree Dodson, who was dropping off her second-grader, Samara, said her daughter was more than ready to attend classes in the new building.

“Yesterday when we visited the school, she said she wished she could go to sleep right there so she’d be ready for school the next day,” she said.

At East Middle School, there were no major hitches on the first morning, Principal Bud Sexson said.

“The big thing was that the kids got here, and it looks like they have,” he said as the commons area around him swarmed with activity, with students picking up their new schedules and visiting with their friends. “There’s a buzz; they’re terribly excited.”

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