While we weren’t a huge fan of how the process was handled, we do applaud the final outcome that has put Dr. Jim Cummins on the administrative staff of the Neosho R-5 School District.


While we weren’t a huge fan of how the process was handled, we do applaud the final outcome that has put Dr. Jim Cummins on the administrative staff of the Neosho R-5 School District.

The process of whether or not to fill the position of assistant superintendent of business and finance was troubled from the start, when the school board — in closed session — made the decision to not fill the post held by the outgoing Charles Brazeale.

It was later confirmed that decision should have taken place in open session.

Then, after the board’s decision was announced, a vocal group of community members and parents voiced their displeasure with the board over its decision to leave the position vacant. Now, two months after its original decision, the school board announced earlier this month that there were finances available to fill the position, and hired Dr. Cummins as the assistant superintendent of business and finance. There is no question Cummins is the right man for the job. We thought that all along. He is a Neosho High School graduate, has children in the district, is a former teacher in the district, and his heart is dedicated to being a Wildcat.

As president of the Neosho Booster Club the past two years, Cummins led that organization to new heights — increasing club awareness, donations, forming relationships with industries and businesses as sponsors, and awarding scholarships to athletes. He is a fine addition to an administrative team that includes Dr. Richard Page as superintendent, and Alma Stipp as assistant superintendent of curriculum.

It is our hope that the school board — which is currently a member short after the resignation of Shirley Cummins, mother of Jim — will keep all three members of this administrative team in place for years to come to allow everyone to ease into their roles and continue the district’s mission.

Uncertainity at the top positions of any organization is not good for the whole, and providing time for this administrative team to gel and grow only makes sense.

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