The long awaited new Neosho Junior High School is no longer a dream but a reality.

The long awaited new Neosho Junior High School is no longer a dream but a reality.
Seventh and eighth grade students will be under one roof and on one campus when the new school year begins on Aug. 16.
The official grand opening and ribbon cutting is slated for noon Thursday and public tours will be available following through 7 p.m.
The bond issue for the new junior high school passed in April 2015 after voters rejected two previous efforts. Efforts  for a new bond issue were spearheaded by a group of junior high teachers and community members who launched a campaign with the slogan "Building Neosho's Future - It's Time!'
Groundbreaking was held on Feb. 12, 2016.
"Many people came together with one common goal...to make the future better for Neosho and our Kids. The new Neosho Junior High belongs to the entire community," Neosho School Board President Steve Douglas said. "I invite everyone to come for a tour on Aug. 3. So many people worked so hard. The entire School Board is united in support of adequate facilities, proper planning, and good fiscal management. We appreciate the trust shown by the people of the School District. While we know it is not enough, all we can say is, ‘Thank you!’"
Located on Kodiak Road and adjacent to Carver Elementary School, the new junior high school is a 142,000 square foot two-story facility. A two-story gallery provides access to both public and academic areas.  Eight academic neighborhoods offer secure space for students and teachers. Each self-contained neighborhood contains multiple classrooms, restroom facilities and drinking fountains, as well as a large, collaborative learning space. The neighborhoods are arranged around a secure, open interior courtyard.
On the first floor, just inside the main entrance, visitors and parents will enter into an area known as the gallery. The main offices are located to the left, including the principals offices, a private conference room, and space for in-school suspension (ISS) students.
Also on the first level, the band, drama and gym facilities are located just off the main gallery. The gym facilities can be divided into two portions or opened into a single larger space.
The two-story gallery divides the public and academic space.  On the first floor, it also opens into the courtyard.The cafeteria, also on the lower level, boasts four serving lines and seating for 350 students at one time.
Two stairways lead to the second floor and two elevators are also available for use by designated personnel and students.The spacious library is on the second level and overlooks both the gallery and the courtyard.
A storm shelter with an International Code Council (ICC) rating of 500 is designed for the occupants of the building. The ICC 500 rating is designed to withstand winds of up to 250 miles per hour.  Unlike the FEMA shelters in place at Carver, South and Neosho High School, it is not a public shelter.
The public is invited to attend the official grand opening and ribbon cutting, so everyone will have the opportunity to see the new junior high school.