Recognitions were on tap at the September meeting of the Neosho Board of Education on Monday. Board members Steve Douglas, Jonathon Russell, Brett Day, Keri Collinsworth, Kim Wood, and new member Dan Haskins were present. Stuart Puckett was absent.

Recognitions were on tap at the September meeting of the Neosho Board of Education on Monday.  Board members Steve Douglas, Jonathon Russell, Brett Day, Keri Collinsworth, Kim Wood, and new member Dan Haskins were present. Stuart Puckett was absent.
Neosho Superintendent of Schools Dan Decker introduced this month's Student of the Month for the district, Connor Colston
"Connor is in the 4th grade, in Mrs. Jenny Houk's class at Benton Elementary," Decker said. "His parents are Jim and Chris Colston and he has eight siblings. His favorite subject is math because he likes multiplication. His hobbies are playing football, baseball, and playing with fidget spinners. When he grows up, he wants to be a police officer because that's a good job and he likes to help people. Congratulations, Connor."
Long time Neosho High School instructor Mark Preston received this month's Certified Employee of the Month Award. Preston received the award from board member Kim Woods.
The Classified Employee of the Month for September is Wasana Jackson, a custodian at Neosho High School.  Decker introduced Jackson's award.
"I have the privilege of introducing a very friendly individual whose willingness to assist goes above and beyond. She is known for her smile."
Mojo's Coffee of Neosho was named Patron of The Month for September. Decker praised the business for their support.
Board member Jonathon Russell added, "They also have great coffee!". Russell presented the patron of the month award to Mojo's owner Diane Kunkel.
Neosho High School junior Jeremiah Ellis was recognized for his upcoming role in the 2018 USA Special Olympics, an event held every four years. The 2018 event will be held in Seattle. Susan Armstrong, a paraprofessional with the Neosho School District, introduced Ellis to the board.
"He's a good student," she said. "He's more hardworking every year and works at keeping all of his school work up."
As part of Team Missouri, Ellis will compete at the 2018 USA Games as part of the bowling team.
Ellis has been a participant in Special Olympics for the past eight years and has competed in bowling, athletics, and basketball.
Ellis made a statement."I'm have been selected as a member of Team Missouri. I will be working hard and training during the months leading up to the USA Games. I hope to make you proud! Thank you  for your support as I experience the thrill of a lifetime."
Fundraising efforts are ongoing to enable Ellis to attend. He needs approximately $3,000 in donations to make the trip. A link to the Special Olympics Missouri page can be used to access Ellis' personal fundraising page on the site. Visitors can scroll down to find his name in the bowling section and click on it for more details. Ellis will be one of approximately 3,500 young athletes who will participate in the 2018 USA Games.
In other business, the Board unanimously voted to approve the appointment of Dan Haskins, Neosho, to fill the seat vacated by Phil Wise's resignation from the school board last month.  Haskins is a sergeant with the Joplin Police Department and a long time resident of Neosho.  A separate story about Haskins will also appear in the Neosho Daily News.
The board approved the minutes of last month's meeting, the annual Senior Citizen's Appreciation Banquet, and Wellness Policy Changes.
Decker also discussed the Master Facilities Plan. "We have to approve our master facilities plan. We talked a lot about it at our retreat. We hope to approve by the October meeting. We will be discussing it at our next work session." The district is working in conjunction on Sapp and Associates on the plan.
The Neosho School Board meets again in regular session on the third Monday in October, October 16 at 7 p.m. at the district administration building at 418 Fairground Road.