News to Know: Carl Junction cancels school, Carthage voters to decide $18 million school bond

The news you need to know before you head out the door

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. – The Carl Junction School district announces it’s cancelling classes for the rest of the week. Officials say student and staff attendance has gotten so low due to covid, they can’t stay open. The district says the days missed this week will not be made up later in the year.

COLUMBUS, Kan. – A jump in covid cases across the 4-States has caused many schools to go virtual over the past week, But, the Columbus School district tells us they haven’t seen enough covid spread among students to do that. They say the recent spread has been affecting staff. That, combined with a shortage of substitute teachers, has been a challenge, and staff members who are not sick have had to fill-in all over. The superintendent says this is all an effort to keep school safe and in person.

CARTHAGE, Mo. – The Carthage School Board takes the next step aimed at getting a new performing arts center on the high school campus. The board has approved the language for an 18-million dollar school bond proposal to fund the project. The proposal would extend the current tax levy. Voters will decide the issue on April 5th.

JOPLIN, Mo. – A special night for many preschoolers in the Joplin area on Wednesday who were introduced to basketball. The Little Dribblers Program is sponsored by the Boys and Girls Club of Southwest Missouri. Classes focus on developing various basketball skills and having self confidence. Little Dribblers is open to children 3 to 4 years old. The cost is $38 per child.

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