Dan Decker, Neosho Superintendent of Schools greeted the large crowd who turned out for the ribbon cutting on Thursday for the new Neosho Junior High School.

Dan Decker, Neosho Superintendent of Schools greeted the large crowd who turned out for the ribbon cutting on Thursday for  the new Neosho Junior High School.
"It gives me great  pleasure to welcome all of you here today on what is a monumental day for Wildcat nation as we prepare to cut the ribbon on this brand new junior high facility."
Decker introduced Board of Education President Steve Douglas.
"It's an exciting day here in Neosho and on behalf of the board of education I would like to welcome you here today," he told the crowd. It was our educators who stepped forward and it was their hard work that is behind the success to this building.  We turned dirt (for this building) about a year ago.  This is a rock I took that day.  This is powerful to me. Take one rock and turn it into hopes and dreams."
Douglas held up the rock and named Gerald Twitchell, outside foreman for Branco on the project.
"I'd like to give this rock to you and say thank you for being here every step of the way," Douglas said as he called Twitchell forward.
Decker also said the role of the school district is to prepare students for whatever it is they will do in the future.
"This allows us to expand our partnership with Crowder College and it's going to expand our community participation,” he said. “We're actually bringing people in to teach our kids, about different professions and things they need to do to be qualified. The sky is the limit."
Hailey and Ashley McNeill, students who will attend eighth grade in the building this year, shared the ribbon cutting duty flanked by a number of their junior high classmates.
Inside the building, eighth grade student Talon Mitchell was all smiles as he said, "I feel proud we get to have a school like this. Not many school districts have a school like this so I'm proud.  It feels pretty good to be in the new school."
Kylee Holland,  junior high art teacher, admired the new building. "It's amazing and huge. Actually, it exceeded everything I thought it would be, especially my room."
Bobbi Woods, Family And Consumer Sciences (FACS) teacher, was delighted to show off her new classroom.
 "I am overwhelmed with the room and all the upgrades," Woods said. "It's going to be fantastic and I am super excited."
Woods is one of several faculty members who previously had to travel between the 7th and 8th grade campuses on a daily basis. Her new classroom boasts three refrigerators where she previous had one. There are also six stoves and three microwave ovens along with lots of space.
Members of the community turned out to tour the new school. "It makes me sad I'll never go here," John Wallis, NHS Class of 2017 said. "But it's great because generations of students will."
"I want to be in eighth grade again," Mikey Barnes, who will be a junior at Neosho High School said as he toured the facility..
Tours continued after the noon ribbon cutting through 7 p.m.
School begins in Neosho on August 16 and the junior high teachers are more than ready to begin!