The Neosho R-5 Board of Education is scheduled to revisit their ongoing superintendent search Monday evening at their monthly board meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Neosho Administrative Center, 418 Fairground Rd.
The board plans to hear from John Boise, a representative from the Missouri School Boards’ Association.
School board members voted in their June meeting to hire MSBA to perform the search, after former Superintendent Richard Page left for a superintendent position in the Gravette, Ark., school district.
Alma Stipp took over the superintendent position for a one-year term, which runs until July 1, 2013.
Boise told board members in June that the recommended timeline for the search would include focus groups beginning after Labor Day, application submission in October and the interview process beginning in early November.
Boise is expected to update the board on that process at Monday’s meeting.
Brett Day, school board president, has made no secret of how important the superintendent search is to he and his fellow board members.
“In my opinion what we do as far as the superintendent goes, is going to be the most important decision this board makes,” Day said in a May board meeting.
The MSBA search service will cost the district 8 percent of the superintendent’s starting salary, as well as the funds provided for an expense account, which is not to exceed $1,500.
The board is also expected to vote on a revision to the district’s 2012-2013 budget to reflect the district’s actual revenues, totaling $38,314,337.
Tim Crawley, district director of operations, said the revision is common for school districts, as state statute requires that a budget be in place at the end of the fiscal year, June 30. However, the district does not receive its total revenue numbers until August.
The board’s action will revise the budget to include those revenues, as well as adjust any expenditures, such as teacher’s raises, voted on after that budget was approved.
With all revisions in place, the district’s total ending balance for all funds would be $10,627,033.
Board members are also expected to award bids for new school bus tires. A meeting was held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, in the school district’s transportation office, where bids were reviewed.
The board also plans to vote on whether to let for bid a request for companies who could perform an extensive district study, including the district’s demographics, building needs assessment and a community study. The study would address the need for a new district master plan, as the district’s current plan is set to expire.
The board also has several topics on the agenda for discussion at Monday evening’s meeting, including overcrowding in the district’s classrooms, kindergarten class size, establishing a high school level journalism program and school spirit throughout the district.
Page 2 of 2 - Also planned for discussion is an update on the district’s planned FEMA shelters, and the district’s application for National Guard site preparation.