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JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) _ Joplin school superintendent C.J. Huff says he expects the district’s new high school to be ready to open for the school year on Aug. 25.

Construction is on the fast track to replace the high school destroyed by the May 2011 tornado.

Mike Johnson, the district’s construction director, says the four, three-story wings that hold most of the classrooms are finished. Furniture has been delivered and crews are working hard to finish hallways that connect the four wings.

Johnson says most of the Franklin Technology Center is finished, and some of the programs’ large equipment will be moved in next week.

The Joplin Globe reports the auditorium will not be completed when school begins, but that had been expected all along.

Information from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe, joplinglobe.com