Despite public outcry against a raffle for an AR-15 rifle held by a local youth baseball team with no connection from the Neosho School District and the presence of MSNBC reporter Garrett Haake, in Neosho following the story, it was business as usual at the February meeting of the Neosho Board of Education on Tuesday.

Despite public outcry against a raffle for an AR-15 rifle held by a local youth baseball team with no connection from the Neosho School District and the presence of MSNBC reporter Garrett Haake, in Neosho following the story, it was business as usual at the February meeting of the Neosho Board of Education on Tuesday.
The board made special recognitions to the February student of the month, Maelynn Wright, two employees of the month, Early Childhood Center teacher Joni Swagerty and Food Service employee Tamica Paul as the certified and classified employees, and recognized La-Z-Boy Midwest as the patron of the month.
Neosho Superintendent Dan Decker provided information about the student of the month, who was present.
"Each month a Neosho School District student is recognized as the student of the month at the school board meeting," Decker stated. "Maelyn Wright is the middle school student of the month. Maelyn is the daughter of Chris Wright and Eli and Lisa West and is a sixth grader at Neosho Middle School. Maelynn has five siblings. Her hometown teacher is Mrs. Wylly and he favorite subject in school is ELA. Maelyn's hobbies include riding her horse and hanging out with her friends. Maelyn wants to be a nurse when she grows up."
Maelyn's teachers called her a model student and Decker said that she consistently exhibits all of the positive characteristics that we teach our students every day.
"Maelyn is kind, respectful, honest, and responsible,” he said. “She has self-control in the classroom, perseveres through any struggle and always works well with her classmates, encouraging them along the way. We cannot think of another student who exudes integrity like Maelyn. We would be doing the Middle School a disservice if we did not recognize her and the positive impact she has on our school, her classmates, and her teachers."
The certified staff member recognized as the Employee of the Month for February, Joni Swagerty, is an  early childhood education teacher in the district. Decker said that she is a true mentor to both children and adults, that she always works to help other teachers and faculty, and is both kind and totally in the ob for the kids.
Classified staff member Tamica Paul was also honored as employee of the month. Paul always has a smile on her face, works very hard to make sure all of the children have delicious and nutritious meals, and cares for the kids, giving so much of herself to her job. Decker said, "She has worked hard during the transition to the new food service company. She has taken on new responsibilities. She comes in early and stays late to make sure that everything is ready for the students."
Neosho furniture manufacturer La-Z-Boy Midwest, a longtime supporter of local education, was recognized as the February Patron of the Month.
In other business, the Board also accepted the resignations of Neosho High School football coach and math instructor Aaron Dunbar, 6th grade Neosho Middle School teacher Sarah Brown, special education teacher Kelsey Carter, and Lena Tomlinson, special services process coordinator. Employment of Sailor Reed as a building custodian was approved.
The Board tentatively set the last day of school for the 2017-18 school year as Monday, June 4 with summer school classes to begin on Wednesday, June 6. If any additional school days are cancelled due to weather conditions, one day will be add to move up the start day of summer school for each day missed.
A list of summer maintenance projects was approved with items listed in the order of importance.
Departmental reports were also given including foreign language, transportation, special services, food service, and from Field Early Childhood Education Center.
The Neosho Board of Education is scheduled to meet again at 7 p.m. March 19 at District Headquarters.