Joplin Schools Seeking Millions in New Furniture

Posted: Oct 29, 2012 9:26 AM by Associated Press

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JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) - Joplin administrators are searching far and wide for what will likely be millions of dollars in furnishings needed for new schools being built because of the May 2011 tornado.

Some administrators have taken trips across the country to visit furniture manufacturers, and one trip to Germany. But the school stresses that all the trip expenses were paid for by the manufacturers, not by the district.

Superintendent C.J. Huff says the trips help the district see what is available, and find quality furniture that will last for years to come. Huff did not go on any of the trips.

The Joplin Globe reports school design teams will eventually select the types and amount of furniture needed. After bids come in, the Board of Education will select the winning bidder.

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