By Emily Younker
Globe Staff Writer
JOPLIN, Mo. —
The first beams of steel went up Wednesday, just as the sun was beginning to rise, at the site of the new Joplin High School.
This first set of beams will provide the structure for one of the five wings that will make up the new high school. Each wing will connect to the others via walkways and will contain classes geared toward one of the school district’s five identified career paths: Health sciences, arts and communication, technical sciences, business and information technology, and human services.
Mike Johnson, director of construction for Joplin Schools, said the start of steelwork on the site is a milestone.
“For us, it’s a big one because we’re going to see stuff coming out of the ground,” he said. “People seem to think something’s not going on until you see stuff coming up out of the ground, but this will show.”
The school is projected to be complete by August 2014.