At a work session last week, the Neosho Board of Education discussed various aspects of the Goodman Elementary School rebuilding project.

At a work session last week, the Neosho Board of Education discussed various aspects of the Goodman Elementary School rebuilding project.
According to Community and Team Relations Director Meagan Spangler, the district is continuing to wait on the final insurance numbers. The elementary school, located in the community of Goodman south of Neosho, and part of the Neosho School District was destroyed by an EF2 tornado on April 4, 2017.
"We have a good idea of what they (insurance numbers) will be," Spangler stated. "Without the final stamp, our board wants to wait to officially start the building process so they can feel confident in the financial commitments (how much the school will need to add to supplement the insurance."
The board is working with architects from Sapp Design and with Branco of Neosho on the project to make plans.
Samantha Hamilton, Goodman principal, and the staff of Goodman teachers have worked with both companies to begin floor plans. Their input is vital in rebuilding the school to fit both required specifications and needs of the community.
Sapp Design presented the plans, estimated to be about 60 percent complete, at the work session on Thursday night. Those plans include the layout for classrooms, the cafeteria, and library. Plans for the exterior, parking and driveways are also being formulated. The new Goodman Elementary School is planned to be around 55,000 square-feet and house grades pre-K through fourth.
"Right now, the cost is still rough, because it's based on the 60 percent of information we have right now," Spangler said. "It's very fluid because it's just over half of the info but they did provide that update to the board and there was some discussion."
The expectation is that in approximately two weeks, plans will have progressed past 60% and that the district will have a more reliable view of the project and cost. "Branco should be able to provide more definite cost projections with those more detailed plans," Spangler said.
The district is also waiting word on a FEMA grant that would provide funding to build a gymnasium for the school that would also serve as a storm shelter for up to 800 people.
The tentative project schedule calls for construction to begin in late April or May this year with a planned 12-month construction cycle to be completed in April 2019. If construction proceeds on schedule without any weather or other delays, the new building would furnished and ready for the first day of school for the 2019-2020 school year.
Goodman Elementary Students are currently attending classes in a wing of the Neosho Middle School, a site scheduled to remain their temporary home until the new school is ready to be occupied.
Updates on the rebuilding project will be in the Neosho Daily News as progress is made.