Possible questions on a patron survey regarding four building sites for a new school, and the need for a new school, will be discussed during a Neosho R-5 Board of Education work session, set for 6 p.m. Monday at Goodman Elementary, and voted on during the regular session to immediately follow.
On Nov. 7, the district discussed four property purchase options as a place to build a new school. Two are located near Carver Elementary, another is located by Neosho Middle School, and a fourth is located behind the former Wise Stop on Missouri Highway 86.
Ten possible sites, including the Taylor Property which the district formerly owned, were originally considered. Two were eliminated as they were located in a flood plain, while the owners of three others were not interested in selling.
Eric McCune, project manager for Sapp Design Associates — the district’s architectural firm — told the district Nov. 7 the $1 million price tag may rule out the Taylor Property option. A more viable option, he said, may be to buy the two properties near Carver Elementary and make necessary road improvements in the area.
At that work session, the board gave McCune the go-ahead to make basic drawings for a news junior high building after hearing two cost comparisons from the architect.
The first one compared the cost of building a new junior high and middle school. The 114,700-square-foot structure would serve about 765 students with a total price tag of $21.5 million, including a $17.2 million base price and $4.3 million included for project expenses.
The second option would be to build a new middle school and convert the existing middle school to a junior high. The cost of the new school would be $20.3 million, including just over $4 million for project expenses. However, additions onto the existing middle school, including more classrooms, a band and music room and an industrial arts area, would bring the total price tag to just over $24 million.
In other business, the board will:
• Consider approving the 2012-13 audit. Tim Crawley, assistant superintendent of business and finance, said Davis, Lynn and Moots of Springfield has given the district a clean audit, as the district has taken steps to address the segregation of duties;
• Set May 9, 2014, as the date of graduation. The event will be held at 7:30 p.m. that evening at Bob Anderson Stadium. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be held in the high school gym and graduates will receive seven tickets for family members to attend in the gym, with each grad getting four tickets to allow guests to view the ceremony via streaming from the gym to the cafeteria. May 16, 2014, has been set as the alternate graduation date in the event school is canceled for five or more days due to weather;
• Appoint Dr. Dan Decker, superintendent of schools, to the city’s Economic Development Sales Tax Committee, the Enhanced Enterprise Zone Board, and the TIF Commission;
• Set Dec. 17 to Jan. 21 as the filing dates for the April 8, 2014 election;
• Hear a report from Major Bryce Langley, aerospace instructor for the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, on a curriculum in action trip to Galveston and Houston, Texas, set for March 9-14. Cadets going on the trip will be determined by merit. The air force will pick up $12 per day for each cadet, $25 a night for lodging for each cadet and some transportation costs. Other funding sources include donations, the group’s activities fund, and some underwriting by the major.
The group may also go into executive session to discuss personnel matters.