The Neosho community will soon have the opportunity to give their input in the Neosho R-5 School Board’s search for a new superintendent.

The Neosho community will soon have the opportunity to give their input in the Neosho R-5 School Board’s search for a new superintendent.

John Boise, superintendent search consultant for the Missouri School Board Association, is spearheading the district’s search, and wants to hear what Neosho residents would like to see in the district’s new leader.

The community forum, open to the general public, is scheduled from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4 at the Neosho High School cafeteria.

Surveys will also be available to community members who are not able to attend the forum.

“I think the more people we could get them out to the better,” said board member Steve Douglas. 

Douglas said civic groups are also invited to attend the forum or share their thoughts on the future superintendent.

Survey forms will be available at district schools hopefully next week. Caroline Perigo, school board member, said it was her understanding that board members are not to attend the community forum, which will be led by Boise.

Boise will also be meeting with district faculty on Friday, Oct. 5.

He said the position would be advertised beginning Monday, Oct. 1 and will close on Wednesday, Oct. 31.

Board members discussed the terms listed on the job flyer at their school board meeting Monday evening, though Boise was unable to attend.

The proposed job listing that Boise had sent board members listed a two-year contract for the successful candidate, though Day disagreed with that time period.

“My opinion would be, if we’re going to hire somebody, it should be for three years,” Day said. “We’re going to be confident in our choice and three years is the maximum we’re allowed by law. I think that’s what it should be.”

Board member Lynn Otey requested that the board consider what the average length of superintendents’ contracts are in Missouri before making their determination. She also added that she did not think the length of contract should be a factor in the search.

“If a candidate wants to apply and he’s really wanting to come to our area, it’s not going to matter whether it’s two years or three years,” Otey said. “If it does matter, then maybe he’s not the person for the job.”

The board did not make a decision on the contract length Monday evening.
Boise said once the listing closes, he will meet with board members to go through the group of applicants.

He said the goal is to have a candidate selected by the December school board meeting.

The school board is working to fill the position after former Superintendent Richard Page left to take 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.