Joplin schools get $10.9 million to rebuild

Friday, October 5, 2012 | 7:25 a.m. CDT; updated 9:25 a.m. CDT, Friday, October 5, 2012

JOPLIN — The Joplin School District will receive a grant of nearly $11 million to rebuild some of the schools damaged or destroyed by the 2011 tornado.

Sen. Claire McCaskill announced the $10.9 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Thursday.

The grant will be used to build a new Irving Elementary School and an East Middle School and elementary school in Duquesne. Work has already begun on the projects.

The May 2011 tornado damaged or destroyed 10 schools, killed 161 people and injured hundreds of others.

The Joplin Globe reported that the school district has estimated its total reconstruction costs will reach $185 million. District voters in April approved a $62 million bond issue to help finance the effort.

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