Members of the Neosho R-5 Board of Education are expected to hear an update on a potential high school classroom addition at their board meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday at Goodman Elementary School, 117 N. School St.
Board members discussed in their October board meeting the addition of 10 classrooms, one resource room, a restroom, and an east corridor on the southeast side of the high school building.
Also in that meeting, board members authorized KRJ Architects to update the plan for the classroom addition.
The classroom addition is intended to help relieve overcrowding issues at the Neosho High School.
Despite the use of mobile classrooms, space has become so limited that many teachers are sharing classrooms.
Darren Cook, NHS principal, told board members in October that the high school is in critical need of the additional space.
“It’s what we need, absolutely,” Cook said. “I don’t think a lot of people realize the overcrowding we have at the high school and the number of teachers we have that share rooms.”
While many board members have expressed support for the classroom addition, they have also spoken of the need for an updated long-range plan for the district before moving forward.
The creation of that plan is now under way, as board members voted in a Nov. 6 work session to approve Sapp, Design and Associates to create the master plan.
Brett Day, board president, said the plan is expected to be complete in January, though the board will allow the firm additional time if needed.
The district has worked with Sapp, Design and Associates before. The district was already under contract with them to design three FEMA shelters, planned to go in at the high school, Carver Elementary and South Elementary.
Board members are also expected to hear from the firm's project manager, Eric McCune, in their 6 p.m. dinner meeting, at the same location and also open to the public.
McCune is scheduled to discuss the district’s long-range plan.
In other business, board members are scheduled to vote to accept school board election filing dates, as presented by the county clerk's office.
Two seats are set to expire this spring, those of Chris Parks, board vice president, and Mike Stauffer, board secretary.
Filing opens at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11 and ends at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, with the election set for Tuesday, April 2.
Filing may be done at the Neosho Administrative Center, office of the superintendent, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Filing will not be open when the office is closed for holidays, Dec. 20 through Jan. 2, or if closed due to inclement weather.
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Board members are also expected to:
• Vote to set the Neosho High School Graduation for 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 10 at Bob Anderson Stadium. In the event that school is missed due to inclement weather for five or more days prior to Feb. 15, the graduation would be held May 17.
• Discuss the naming of the recently remodeled Neosho High School library.
• Consider a request from district administration to replace two school vehicles in an effort to cut down on travel reimbursement costs. The district had budgeted $25,000 for vehicle replacement this year. Last year, the district reimbursed faculty and staff more than $58,000 in travel expenses, at 44 cents per mile. However, the district is looking to cut that cost by providing a school vehicle for employees reporting the most mileage. The school vehicle would average 18 miles per gallon and cost about 19 cents per mile.
• Vote to send out a request for proposals for third party administration and network services.
• Recognize several individuals and groups, including: Lane Ebbinghaus, student of the month; Bill Kiel, classified employee of the month; Ryan Sheffield, certified employee of the month; Neosho Athletic Booster Club, patron of the month; and the Goodman Fire Department and Goodman Senior Center for their support of Goodman Elementary School.
• Meet in executive session to discuss personnel issues.