Neosho R-5 School Board members heard from a couple of representatives from Patron Insight and SAPP Design and Assoc. during Monday night's school board meeting.
"What we reviewed (Monday night) is the progress on the master plan, where we have gone from this point, how the initial step of the grants for the FEMA shelters and how we have proceeded with those," said Eric McCune with SAPP. "What we were going to use as a secondary use and how those fit into the overall 10 year master plan. So what we have done is started step one of that. Step two is the discussion that now we are having about what might be an April of 2014 bond issue, I think that was some of the discussion, that we maybe have taken a half of a step back to revisit a fifth through sixth (grade) center, but I think the seventh through eighth (grade) junior high seems like a logical choice and I think that was presented as part of the Patron Insight survey as well as taking one grade from the high school, one grade from the middle school and creating a new school. It is very straight forward and simple that the public can understand by creating one school a year solving problems for three schools in essence."
There was no action taken during the discussion, it was just for input for the board.
"I think what we will do is we will continue to fine tune the master plan, get it put together, work with George K. Baum and Patron Insight to get the master plan finalized," McCune said.
Rick Nobles, with Patron Insight, also gave a presentation to the board members.
"He (Nobles) did kind of like a gallop poll (by phone) for us, his company did, they have got about a 95 percent success ratio," said Tim Crawley, assistant superintendent of business and finance for the district. "And we have learned that surveys and stuff like that, we don't get a lot of information if we send a survey home with kids or ask them (to the) website. This (Patron Insight survey) does give us good information for people to tell us how are we doing: 'What would you be in favor for?' Because we have noticed that Neosho doesn't pass a lot of bond issues. We have the lowest bond for building for any school in the area. And we wanted to find out what other schools were doing, how they were getting the word out."