Joplin schools spend about $222M to rebuild after tornado

Oct 14, 2015

Joplin School District officials say the district spent about $222 million rebuilding several schools and community safe rooms after the 2011 tornado.

The Joplin Globe reports district officials told the Board of Education on Tuesday the district is also financially stable.

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Paul Barr, chief financial officer, says the district accumulated about $222 million in revenue after the May 2011 tornado, which killed 161 people and destroyed schools, homes and businesses.

He says about $124 million went toward rebuilding Joplin High School and Franklin Technology Center, and about $31 million went toward community safe rooms at 14 schools.

Barr says the district and the Joplin Schools Foundation received about $6.7 million in donations after the tornado, and about $227,000 of that remained at the end of the 2015 fiscal year.