Neosho School District employees will get a raise as the board of education approved the 2016-2017 school year budget Monday. And the board is now looking for a new head boys basketball coach.

Neosho School District employees will get a raise as the board of education approved the 2016-2017 school year budget Monday. And the board is now looking for a new head boys basketball coach.
Upon the recommendation of assistant superintendent of business and finance Dr. Trish Wilson, the school board first approved providing certified employees a step up on the salary scale plus a $250 boost to their base.
Classified employees will jump one step on the scale. That across-the-board raise will cost about $675,000, Wilson said.
The board approved the about $42.5 million budget for the coming school year.
“A couple of key things with next year’s budget is we have finalized all the FEMA spending so that will not be a reflection this year,” Wilson said.
“The biggest project is the building of the junior high which is being funded with the bond issue. So our goal is to work on building the reserve,” Wilson said. “The district spent a lot of money on the FEMA facilities and our task now is to build the reserve back up.”
Wilson expects additional state aid this year for a budget she said will be in the black with an anticipated 18 percent reserve going into next year.
The board also approved an amendment to the current fiscal year budget, which she said are just housekeeping measures to finalize actual numbers. The new fiscal year begins July 1.

Also approved was the salvage of two buses.

One bus was in an accident and assistant superintendent for operations Tim Crawley said the other has been used for three years from which they have salvaged parts.

It will be expensive to repair the bus involved in an accident so Crawley said the best option was to surplus the bus out and total it.

“Which the insurance agreed with and the money they will pay us on totaling that bus will allow us to purchase a used vehicle that is newer than that bus,” Crawley said. “So for the same amount of money it would cost us to fix it we get a three-year newer vehicle. That helps with our rotation because we try to rotate how we trade those in.”

After that, the district still owns the bus and will sell that to a salvage company.

The district feels it has taken all the parts off the other bus, and no longer has similar buses in the fleet to benefit from it, and Crawley said a local salvage yard has offered the highest of two bids to purchase it for $700.

A royalty agreement with Ohiopyle Prints was approved, which superintendent Dan Decker said is an effort to protect the integrity of the Wildcat and Neosho logos as Walgreen’s begins selling Neosho apparel.

“Anytime you have an outside group that comes in – we’ve got a business in town that wants to sell Neosho products but they already have an agreement with a t-shirt printing company – we have businesses in town that have an agreement with Ohiopyle; they buy all of their printed stuff from Ohiopyle,” Decker said.
“For them to be able to sell Neosho Wildcat gear with our logo on it, since we are branded and trademarked, we have to have an agreement with Ohiopyle, basically a contract that says they can use our Wildcats printed on their shirts, sell it to the local vendor and they won’t change what it looks like, won’t use it in a way that it’s not supposed to be used, and that’s what this contract is.”

The district’s attorney has approved the contract language that protects the district and which Decker said allows local businesses to sell Neosho gear.

In addition, he said Ohiopyle sends seven percent of a total bill to a local retailer back to the school district in the form of a quarterly donation, but the main intent is to protect the district’s logos.

The board approved the 2016-2017 handbooks but will make some revisions during its July 7 monthly work session after Keri Collinsworth noted some discrepancies in some health issues addressed among the various school handbooks. Steven Douglas had questions regarding inconsistencies in policies regarding bringing outside commercial food into the schools.

The board and administration has worked over the past several years to provide similarity to the various handbooks, according Decker.

“So if a parent has a student in kindergarten at Carver and a lot of it says the same stuff if they have a senior at the high school,” Decker said. “It’s kind of an ongoing process, each year we get a little closer to where we want to be.”

Decker expressed pleasure in the extra eyes that looked through the handbooks and caught some items that need to be addressed so consistency can be maintained throughout the district.

A last minute addition to the monthly list of acceptance of resignations was the name of Wildcat head basketball coach Jason Horn, who Decker said has accepted the job at Webb City. Horn headed Neosho boys basketball for four years.