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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • School board to consider Miller coach Tuesday

  • The Neosho R-5 Board of Education will consider the employment of a new football coach at their monthly school board meeting Tuesday evening.
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  • The Neosho R-5 Board of Education will consider the employment of a new football coach at their monthly school board meeting Tuesday evening.
    The meeting is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Neosho Administrative Center, 418 Fairground Road.
    The board will consider Dustin Baldwin for the job, according to information included in the school board packet.
    Baldwin has been head coach of the Miller Cardinals since 2009, finishing with an overall 43-8 record after four seasons there.
    Baldwin and his Cardinals finished 12-1 last season.
    If approved for the Neosho coaching position, it would not be Baldwin's first time on the Neosho sidelines.
    He served as the Wildcats' offensive coordinator for one season in 2008, before leaving for the head coaching position in Miller.
    If hired for the job, Baldwin will take over the position held for the last three years by Jared Schoonover, who submitted his resignation in January.
    The Wildcats finished the 2012 season winless, following a 2-8 record in the 2011 football season.
    The Neosho R-5 School district officially began the coaching search on Jan. 22, and received more than 30 applicants, consisting of head coaches, assistants and college assistant coaches, according to an earlier interview with Athletic Director Corey Roy.
    Roy said the applicants came from Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Texas and Michigan. The school board is also expected to consider the employment of Brandi Arthur as the high school's new softball coach.
    Arthur served for three years as the head coach of the Crowder College Lady Roughriders softball team, before stepping down in 2008.
    She will replace former softball coach Melissa Clark, who also resigned in January.
    Clark served as the softball coach since 2010.
    While the board is scheduled to meet in closed session to discuss personnel issues, the two coaching hires are included in the consent agenda, to be voted on in the open meeting, according to the board packet.
    In other business, the school board is expected to:
    • Vote on a school calendar for the 2013-2014 school year. The recommended calendar has 171 days of school and more than the minimum 1,044 number of hours. The calendar includes eight make-up days, though only six are required. If the calendar is accepted, the school year would begin Aug. 14 and end May 16, 2014.
    • Vote to approve summer school for 2013 be held June 3 through June 27. The district plans to offer one summer term and district administration is requesting the use of Benton Elementary School.
    • Consider participating in the Southwest Missouri Work Ready Communities initiative. If approved the district would sign a nonbinding partnership letter, and recommend the National Readiness Certificate in hiring practices.
    • Consider changing Director of Operations Tim Crawley's title to Assistant Superintendent of Business and Finance, as the position had formerly been named.
    Page 2 of 2 - • Recognize the district's student, employees and patron of the month.

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