Bond 2020


Joplin Schools has placed a NO TAX INCREASE bond request for $25 million on the April 7 ballot to fund:

  • A new elementary school, located at Dover Hill, to replace Columbia and West Central elementary schools

  • A new addition at Kelsey Norman Elementary School to replace modular units

A new elementary school combining West Central and Columbia and an addition at Kelsey Norman will provide safe and equitable learning environments for all our students.

Columbia Challenges

  • Significant structural issues
  • Lack of secure entry
  • Lack of viable storm shelter
  • Traffic control between buses, parent pick-up, and emergency access
  • 90-year-old infrastructure 
  • Modular classrooms on site
  • Inadequate classroom size
  • Site issues likely eliminate warranties on any future construction or repairs 
  • Inequitable learning options and programming spaces
  • Accessibility (ADA) challenges
  • Insufficient kitchen
  • High cost per student based on building age, size, and enrollment

West Central Challenges

  • Safety concerns due to the site size and adjacency to a high traffic street
  • Inadequate classroom size
  • 90-year-old infrastructure (wiring and plumbing) 
  • Accessibility (ADA) challenges
  • Inequitable learning options and programming spaces
  • Insufficient kitchen
  • High cost per student based on building age, size, and enrollment

Kelsey Norman Challenges

  • Increased student enrollment has led to overcrowding
  • Use of modular classrooms creates concerns with weather, safety, accessibility, and energy efficiency
  • Insufficient classroom space limits the counseling program, special education, tutoring, and practice 
  • Specials such as art and music do not have dedicated classrooms

Preliminary Site Plans


  • 67,500 SF new facility
  • Site entry locations on Main Street and Murphy Blvd
  • Parent and bus drop-offs separated
  • New Sidewalks connecting school to Murphy Blvd Park / Landreth Trail / Main Street sidewalks
  • Traffic/Pedestrian Study completed to confirm site access strategies
Joplin New Elementary Site


  • 8,325 SF addition
  • Expansion space to alleviate overcrowding
  • Removal of modular classrooms (trailer)
  • Additional classroom and special education spaces
  • Exterior play space improvements
Kelsey Norman Site

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Important Dates:

March 11 - Voter Registration Deadline

April 7 - Election Day!

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