In the regular May meeting of the Neosho Board of Education on Monday, members dealt with a busy agenda with multiple action items.

In the regular May meeting of the Neosho Board of Education on Monday, members dealt with a busy agenda with multiple action items.
After approval of the agenda as well as the consent agenda, board president Stuart Puckett called the meeting to order at 7 p.m.
Special recognition was made for Police Officer Randy Black and K-9 officer Fighter for their role in checking and clearing Neosho High School after a bomb threat earlier this month.
Other reconditions made include two students of the month for May, Deacon "D.J." Jones, Jefferson Street Campus and Daisy Carter, Neosho Junior High. The certified employee of the month is Chad Thomas, Neosho High School teacher as well as National Honor Society sponsor. Classified employee of the month is Connie Studdard, a special education paraprofessional at Carver Elementary.
The board also recognized the Cornerstone Bank of Goodman as the patron of the month for their devotion to the Goodman community and also for their help both before and after the Goodman tornado that destroyed the school. Cornerstone Bank was also honored for their donations of time, money and supplies on numerous occasions including the groundbreaking ceremonies for the new Goodman Elementary.
Acceptance of district personnel resignations and employment of new staff members were approved by the board. Summer school staff member were also approved with both Keri Collinsworth and Brett Day abstaining due to family relationships with an employee.
OPAA! was approved to continue to provide food service for the district schools for the 2018-19 school year and Interstate Studio and Publishing Company was approved as the sole picture bid for student school pictures for the upcoming school year.
The health insurance proposal previously discussed in the monthly work session and the approval of additional positions were also approved.
Dr. Jim Cummins, who has been hired to become the Superintendent of Schools beginning July 1, was present at the meeting and made a few statement to the board.
"It's going to take a little bit of digesting exactly where we're at, the good part about the whole discussion is  news is that the operating reserves are still solid.
Board members approved a bus financing bid from U.S. Bank and tabled an approval of a local tax effort and public placement fund claiming agreement that involves district handling of Medicaid.
In the longest discussion portion of the meeting, the board heard from District Technology Director Scott Harris on the 1:1 Initiative program.  According to Harris, the 1:1 program is now in its 5th year. The initial goal of the 1:1 Imitative began in the 201314 school year in the first year of former Superintendent Dan Decker's employment. In January of 2014, Neosho High School students each received a Chromebook laptop. By the 2015-16 school year, students in grades 5-12 had Chromebooks.
I-pads were adopted for all K-2 students. The current plan is to refresh the Chromebooks used at high school level and add devices for grades 3 and 4.  The original Chromebooks are in their 5th year of use and Harris stated that a five-year life cycle for any mobile device is a stretch but the district was able to make it work.
"We're going to adjust as we go," Harris told board members. "We know it's going to be a challenge but I don't think it's anything we can't handle."
The use of high school students to assist with device repair has been a key part of keeping the existing models in use for the extended period of time. Harris also stated that there will be no increase to the technology budget but that it has, in fact, been reduced by $100,000. The board approved the measure to expand and refresh the 1:1 Initiative.
The Neosho Board of Education will next meet for a work session on June 5 at 5:30 p.m. at district headquarters on Fairground Road in Neosho. All members of the school board were present for the May meeting along with acting superintendent Rebecca Sears.