Tentative plans and a potential timeline for the new Goodman Elementary School were presented to members of the Neosho Board of Education by John McNabb, SAPP and Associates, during the monthly meeting on Monday.

Tentative plans and a potential timeline for the new Goodman Elementary School were presented to members of the Neosho Board of Education by John McNabb, SAPP and Associates, during the monthly meeting on Monday.
McNabb, architect and project manager for the proposed school, illustrated his update to the board with a power point of the tentative floor plan.
Neosho Superintendent of Schools Dan Decker introduced McNabb.
"Tonight, we will see a basic footprint of what Goodman will be," Decker said.
He indicated that Goodman Elementary principal Samantha Hamilton, Assistant Superintendent of Schools, Rebecca Sears, and Megan Spangler, Director of Team and Community Relations have been part of the planning process.
Plans for the school, which will replace the Goodman School Elementary building destroyed by a tornado on April 4, 2017, will include a FEMA funded storm shelter which, if approved, will double as the gymnasium.
"At this point, it's important to work out the rest of the building," McNabb told board members. "We'll work with administration to look at different options that would work well with the FEMA gym."
The gym is planned to be located on the west side of the school campus with the remainder of the building on the east side of the structure. The new school will be placed farther from the existing railroad tracks with the building south of the original location. Entry onto the campus will still be from School Street.
"We've been working with administration on the rest of the building," McNabb stated. "We are still working out options."
Those options include what McNabb called “Plan A” and “Plan B.” Primary difference between the two plans are primarily in size. One plan calls for a school of approximately 45,000 square feet, while the other option would be about 41,000 square feet. Should the district option for the smaller space, approximately three classrooms on the northern edge of the building would be removed.
Overall plans call for classrooms, a cafeteria which could double as a multi-purpose room and gym space until completion of a FEMA structure, classrooms, library, office space, and an interior courtyard.
Size of the proposed gym is also a factor. Options include either a elementary school gymnasium or one with a larger floor space that could also be used for junior high basketball. According to McNabb, FEMA pays 75 percent of the cost of the gym depending on size and use.
"It's just a matter of how you want that gym to be used," McNabb said. "The size is based on the needs of the student population."
Plans for the proposed FEMA gym and tornado shelter must be approved by FEMA before work can begin on the project.  McNabb estimated it could take from one to two years for a FEMA gym to be completed although work on the primary school structure could move forward sooner. There is, however, no confirmed target date of completion or final budget for the building.
"Keep in mind there's still a lot of planning that has to be done," McNabb told the board. "Right now, we wanted to give you an update of where we are at."
In other business, board members approved the date for this year's Neosho High School graduation and the location. Graduation will be held at 7 p.m. on the campus of Missouri Southern State University,  Joplin on Thursday, May 17, 2018. This will be the fourth year that graduation has been held on the campus; the last commencement exercises in Neosho took place in May 2014.
The board also approved Alma Sherrill, district accountant, to serve as board treasurer.
A motion to purchase Apple computers for a Junior Innovation Station was tabled.
Approval of the consent agenda included approval of the district assessment plan, bus routes and ridership lists, new vendors, and updated FEMA plans.
Board members went into executive session at 7:45 p.m.
The Neosho Board of Education will meet in regular monthly session at 7 p.m. Nov. 20 at at the Administration Building located at 418 Fairground Road.