At the October meeting of the Neosho Board of Education, the board recognized the Student of the Month, Classified Employee of the Month and the Certified Employee of the Month.

Itzel Villalobos-Rodriguez, a fourth grade student in Mrs. Barley's class at Central Elementary, was named the Student of the Month. She is nine years old and the daughter of Fernando & Ismary Hernandez. She is the oldest of three with a younger sister who is in third grade and a one-year-old brother. Itzel loves to read. Her favorites are adventure and fantasy books. She has already read 100,000 words this year. She is known around the school as quite the artist and has been featured as an artist of the month in September. Besides being an artist, she loves to write stories. Her current stories she is working on are, Zombie Worms and Super Hamster. During her free time, she loves to sing, rap, run and play football with her dad. She has her sights set on becoming an author and illustrator.

Goodman Elementary Building Secretary Natalie McInturff was named as the Classified Employee of the Month for October. The board heard a resolution stating why she received the honor.

It stated that McInturff has been an asset to the transportation department. During the time that Goodman Elementary was relocated to the Neosho Middle School, she was there to ensure that students made it home safe and sound at the end of the day. She stayed in the office in case students needed assistance contacting a parent, even if the student didn't attend Goodman. She always answered all requests with a smile and eagerness to help. District drivers were always appreciative that she was available to help.

Neosho Junior High School social studies teacher Haylie Culp was also named Certified Employee of the Month for October. Culp was noted as someone who is always working incredibly hard for her students and is alway enthusiastic about student project. She spends countless hours helping coach the junior high cheerleaders, working with students to create their History Day projects and serving as a coach for the debate team. She is passionate about teaching and that shines through her classes and in how she coaches. She finds innovative ways to reach her goals both in class and with family and friends.

She supports the school, accepts criticism well and is willing to work with whatever is thrown at her. She has a great attitude and never gives up on any student or staff members. She is the teacher that every student should have and leads in a way that makes otherw want to follow. She is loving, kind, and shares with others willingly.

In addition, Northside Baptist Church was named October Patron of the Month for their role in partnering with Goodman Elementary and supporting the school in numerous ways.

In other business, the Board approved the date of the Neosho High School 2020 graduation.

Graduation Ceremonies for the Class of 2020 will be held at the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center on the campus of Missouri Southern State University on Thursday, May 14, 2020 beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Board members also approved a fee proposal from Paragon that includes $13,000 for design of remodeling restrooms at the high school, $4,000 bidding and negotiation administration for the restrooms and $18,000 for development of an athletic facilities master plan.

A decision on the amount of construction administration work (for the restrooms) will be determined at a later date.