Joplin schools seek support for $62M bond issue

By ALAN SCHER ZAGIER

Associated Press

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — Joplin education leaders are seeking public support for a $62 million bond issue to rebuild or repair the 10 public school buildings damaged or destroyed by the deadly May 2011 tornado.

City voters will consider the proposal — dubbed Operation Rising Eagle, for Joplin High School’s mascot — on April 3. The bond issue would add $65 to the annual school district tax on a $100,000 home.

The school district wants to build a combined Joplin High School and Franklin Technology Center near the former site of both schools. A new elementary school would be built on donated land near the former site of the destroyed St. John’s Regional Medical Center.

The district also wants to build 20 to 25 community storm shelters that would also serve other school functions.

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