Joplin Schools

Gov. Nixon announces $2.8 million in funding to construct safe rooms at Joplin Schools, move forward with other construction projects

Posted by on May 16, 2012 at 5:07 am

JOPLIN, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon today visited Emerson Elementary School to announce that his administration is providing $2.8 million to the Joplin Schools.  The overwhelming majority of these funds will help construct severe weather safe rooms to benefit students from five local schools. “When severe weather strikes, preparation is key to saving lives,” Gov. Nixon said.  “This investment in safe rooms at the Joplin Schools will help ensure that we are prepared to act Read More

Joplin Superintendent CJ Huff named in People Magazine

Posted by on November 1, 2011 at 4:26 am

JOPLIN, MO. - People Magazine has named the superintendent of the Joplin School District one of its 2011 heroes. The Joplin Globe reports that superintendent C.J. Huff appears in the 2011 Heroes Among Us Awards in the Nov. 7 issue. He was chosen as one of six winners. Huff won the award for his efforts in reopening schools damaged by the May 22 tornado. Five school buildings were destroyed in the storm, which also killed 162 people and damaged a large part of the southwest Missouri Read More

MSSU to give $1k scholarships to Joplin students

Posted by on October 31, 2011 at 4:29 am

JOPLIN, MO. (AP) – Missouri Southern State University plans to offer $1,000 scholarships to Joplin area students who were sophomores, juniors and seniors as of May of this year. The scholarships are being offered to students at Joplin High School, McAuley High School, College Heights Christian School and Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School. The university said in a news release Monday that all the students will get $1,000 each for the first academic year after they graduate. The Read More

City informs residents of possible high lead levels in soil in tornado-affected area

Posted by on October 6, 2011 at 12:20 pm

With Joplin’s history of lead and zinc mining, many areas of Jasper County, including the parts of Joplin and Duquesne affected by the devastating EF-5 tornado that struck on May 22, 2011, have or may have mine waste contaminants, such as lead and cadmium, present in the soil.   Mine waste contaminants containing lead pose a primary concern because of the health effects on young children when exposed to this metal. Cadmium exposure in this situation also can be a concern, Read More

Gov. and First Lady Nixon host roundtable discussion on coordinated effort to replace trees lost in tornado

Posted by on October 6, 2011 at 12:18 pm
Governor and First Lady visit Joplin

JOPLIN, MO. - Gov. Jay Nixon and First Lady Georganne Nixon today brought state and local officials, conservation experts and non-profit leaders together for a roundtable discussion at the Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center to coordinate efforts for replacing and replanting trees lost or damaged in the devastating Joplin tornado. View slideshow of the Governor and First Lady’s visit to Joplin. Today’s event underscored a new effort to leverage state Read More

Joplin Schools: an open letter to the community

Posted by on September 18, 2011 at 11:57 am

Since the tornado, we have repeatedly been told that our community wants a new high school rebuilt in the same location. Rebuilding there is a matter of sustaining tradition, symbolic restoration, fiscal prudence, and Joplin’s rebirth. To rebuild in the same location, however, Joplin Schools must acquire more property in the adjoining area. Here are reasons why:   The current footprint of the building is in a flood plain and needs to be moved to the property’s higher ground. More Read More

FEMA funds crisis counselors in Joplin Schools

Posted by on August 18, 2011 at 2:21 am

COLUMBIA, MO. — As school starts Aug. 17, members of crisis counseling teams dedicated to working with children are in each school to assist tornado-impacted students in adjusting to their new settings. The work with children and youth in the aftermath of the May 22 tornado is made possible through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) approval of an Immediate Services Program (ISP) grant for more than $1.5 million to the Missouri Department of Mental Health for crisis Read More