Joplin High and Franklin Tech will not be opening on Monday. Superintendent Dr. CJ Huff cited a couple of reasons for the delay. The first of which, the district still doesn't have their temporary occupancy permit for the gymnasium so P.E. classes wouldn't be able to be held. Huff tells News Talk KZRG the other reason has to do with the school's faculty.
"In talking to our faculty and staff, it's become apparent that there's some anxiety, there's some concern about whether or not they're going to be ready to teach kids on Monday. I've come to the conclusion that the best thing we can do is delay the opening of Joplin High and Franklin Technical Center."
Huff says even though classes won't start on time, it shouldn't effect graduation.
"There's a number of days throughout the school year that we can catch up on the five days that we're going to delay. We don't anticipate any changes to graduation, or the end of the school year, but with that said, the possibility still exists that we could have to add days to the end of the school year."
Joplin High School and Franklin Technical Center classes will start Monday, September 2nd. All other Joplin schools will start Monday, August 25th.