Pedestrians crossing Neosho Boulevard in front of the Neosho High School may soon have a safer path, as the Neosho R-5 Board of Education is considering working with the Missouri Department of Transportation to put a red stoplight in place at the crosswalk.


Pedestrians crossing Neosho Boulevard in front of the Neosho High School may soon have a safer path, as the Neosho R-5 Board of Education is considering working with the Missouri Department of Transportation to put a red stoplight in place at the crosswalk.

Board members are set to vote on the measure in their monthly board meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday at the Neosho Administrative Center, 418 Fairground Road.

In 2009, a yellow flashing light was installed at the crosswalk to provide pedestrians with a safe place to cross.

According to background information included in the board members’ packets, at the time the light was installed, the state would only allow a yellow flashing light on the state roadway. However, since that time, MoDOT has done a traffic study on Neosho Boulevard, and determined that a red stoplight could be installed.

District administration recommends the purchase and installation of the stoplight, which is estimated to cost a maximum of $50,000.
School board members are also expected to vote Monday on lunch prices for the 2012-2013 school year.

In the 2011-2012 school year, full paid lunch for elementary students was $1.70 per plate, middle school students were charged $1.80, and junior high and high school students paid $2 per meal, while the kindergarten snack fee was $54, or $6 per month for a nine-month period.

The administrative recommendation for the 2012-2013 school year raises full-paid lunch prices by five cents and eliminates the kindergarten snack program.

According to the recommendation to the board, the district is required, based on the USDA formula, to increase the full-paid student lunch price by five cents, or find other non-federal funding to subsidize the required increase.

There is also no federal reimbursement offered for kindergarten snacks, which are paid for out of food service funds. District food services report that less than 30 percent of parents pay the kindergarten snack fee.

The proposed purchase of six new school buses is also on the agenda for Monday evening.

The administrative recommendation is that the school board accept a bid from Central States Bus Sales, with rates at $96,820 for a 78-passenger transit-style bus, $86,940 for a 71-passenger conventional bus, $101,470 per handicapped unit and $12,500 total trade-in allowance.

The administrative recommendation is that the school board purchase four conventional buses and two handicapped accessible buses, which would total $538,200.