National officials to visit Joplin's 'mall school'

Thursday, September 22, 2011 | 7:32 a.m. CDT; updated 1:32 p.m. CDT, Thursday, September 22, 2011

WASHINGTON — Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will visit a high school in Joplin known as the "mall school," on Thursday.

That's the shopping mall school where 11th- and 12th-grade students started going to classes last month after Joplin's high school was destroyed in a tornado in May. The students are going to school there while their high school is rebuilt.

The May 22 tornado either destroyed or damaged 10 schools in the area, at an estimated cost of $151 million. Some schools have been consolidated, and Joplin's middle school is temporarily in an industrial park.

The twister killed 162 people and leveled thousands of buildings in the community.

The government officials said they want to stop by to praise the community's effort to reopen the schools.

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Harold Sutton September 22, 2011 | 8:40 a.m.

Any body out there who might have a reasonably accurate estimate of what this P. R. trip will really cost with all factors taken into account?

They could stay in D. C. and send the Schools just half the approximate amount and the school district would be a lot better off.

I'm sure they won't be flying into Springfield on economy class and then taking a airport shuttle to Joplin.

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Paul Allaire September 22, 2011 | 10:22 a.m.

Of course they should. How else would you be able to berate them for staying in their ivory towers all day?

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mike mentor September 22, 2011 | 10:26 a.m.

I am shocked Napolitano has time to come here right now. Her and the Attorney General are so busy lying to their employers, that would be us..., in an attempt to cover up their illegal gun running operation that was executed with all the effeciency of an Obama stimulus plan. (You know...handing out hundreds of millions to political cronies like the Carnahan wind farm here in Mo or a company with a sure to fail business plan so the execs can raid the company coffers and file for banckruptcy...)
I guess I should take back my thoughts that the two aren't doing anything. They are working very hard to destroy what's left of the moral fabric in this Country. I imagine many people are thinking, "Why should I tell the cops the truth about anything when the top cops are lying to all of us about everything they do???".

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Richard Saunders September 22, 2011 | 3:24 p.m.

Isn't Napolitano supposed to be scaring people at Wal-Mart? Or are the malls next?

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Paul Allaire September 22, 2011 | 4:37 p.m.

At some point are either of you two going to make an attempt to explain your incoherent babbling?

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