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R-3 plans to purchase The Mall

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The Lebanon R-3 School District has big plans for the future of education in the community, and those plans start in a place that doesn’t immediately conjure up thoughts of school.

The school district is in talks to purchase The Mall and transform it into a new facility that will house expanded pre-school and high school career experience programs, as well as a health care clinic from Jordan Valley Community Health Center. The 100,000 square foot building will be dubbed the Robert W. Plaster Center for Student Success. The Plaster family is donating $1 million of the purchase price to the district. The remaining $3.5 million will be paid off through a lease-purchase agreement, according to the district.

“The opportunity we have for Lebanon, Missouri, is to help our young people have a really strong foundation from birth until they enter kindergarten both in health and hygiene and to provide a launchpad for their future,” said Lebanon R-3 Superintendent Dr. David Schmitz said. “We want to provide healthy beginnings and promising futures for our kids.”

For the complete story, see the Wednesday edition of the Laclede County Record.

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