JOPLIN, Mo. – Joplin School Officials are preparing for the opening of the city’s new elementary school.
On January 4, students from West Central and Columbia Elementaries will move into the new building at 1100 N. Main.
“We are so excited to be opening Dover Hill Elementary for the students, staff, parents and community,” said Joplin Schools superintendent Dr. Kerry Sachetta. “The new building will
address the needs of our students and staff extremely well with the demands of education today. Dover Hill Elementary is another fine example of our community recognizing a need and coming together to support our students’ best interest.”
Before class resumes after the holiday break, the district will invite the public to go check it out. The open house will be from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on January 3, 2023.
Joplin Schools staff and Dover Hill parents and students will also get the chance to tour the building during additional separate events.
The District says Dover Hill will house 450 students with space for three sections of every grade level.
School officials planned an invite-only ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, Jan. 12.
Joplin School Construction and Bond
Voters approved a 2019 bond to pay for the construction of the new campus. The Board of Education’s total approved project cost was $27,079,351.67. However, the school district states, “Current projections show final construction costs coming in well under budget.”
Crews broke ground for the new school on April 14, 2021.
CGA Architects and the DLR Group, with assistance from Allgeier Martin & Associates, designed the building. “Principal Architect at CGA Architects, Chad Greer, said he believes architecture should speak to time and place, and Dover Hill is no exception,” Joplin School stated in a release.
Crossland Construction managed the project.
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