After a lengthy process, the Neosho School District and Missouri United School Insurance Council, the district's insurance carrier, have reached a settlement to facilitate the rebuilding of Goodman Elementary School, which was destroyed in a tornado last April.

After a lengthy process, the Neosho School District and Missouri United School Insurance Council, the district's insurance carrier, have reached a settlement to facilitate the rebuilding of Goodman Elementary School, which was destroyed in a tornado last April.
The settlement proves a total of $10.7 million, which is slightly more the budget of $10.5 million that Neosho School Superintendent Dan Decker recommended to the Board of Education for the new school. The final settlement includes a $3 million dollar payment made after the tornado which was designed to help with immediate expenses. In addition to the agreed upon sum of $10.7 million, the school board also hopes to negotiate an additional $1.6 million that would go toward build code updates as the new building is constructed.
That potential settlement will not, however, keep the building project from moving forward. A ground breaking at the site of the original Goodman Elementary School should take place this spring, possibly within a few weeks.
Goodman students were relocated to the former junior high wing at the Neosho Middle School for this school year and will remain there through the next school year, until their new school is completed. Modifications were made to accommodate the younger age group of students, including the installation of playground equipment at the site. A total of 42 Goodman school staff members and 330 students are currently present on the middle school campus and will remain there through this school year and next.
 If all goes according to plan, the new school will be finished by the summer of 2019, with students beginning the 2019-2020 school year at their new elementary school in Goodman.
The proposed 55,000 square feet school will house preschool through fourth grade.
The Neosho School District has also applied for a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). If approved, the grant will fund a gymnasium that would also serve as a storm shelter to serve students, staff, and up to 800 members of the community. A similar structure is now in use at South Elementary in Neosho.
In 2017, the Neosho School District hired Sapp Design Associates as the architect for the project, Toth and Associates for engineering work, and Branco Enterprises of Neosho as the construction management company.