The Neosho R-5 Board of Education is scheduled to take action on a proposed high school classroom addition at their monthly school board meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at the Neosho Administrative Center, 418 Fairground Rd.
Board members have discussed the need for additional space at the high school on numerous occasions at recent meetings and work sessions, but each time have expressed the need to have an updated district master plan in place before taking action.
On Monday, the district will vote on whether or not to approve KRJ Architects to amend and finalize plans for an 11-classroom addition to the high school, which is also intended to help the district determine the financial feasibility of the classroom addition plan.
Darren Cook, NHS principal, as well as several high school teachers, attended the September school board meeting to voice their concerns about overcrowding at the high school.
Despite the mobile classrooms currently utilized at the high school campus, NHS teachers continue to be short on space and forced to share classrooms. Several teachers spoke of the difficulties associated with carrying their classrooms on carts, including often being late to their own classes, and having less instructional time.
The school board had previously discussed the high school classroom addition under former superintendent Richard Page.
Board members are also expected to vote on the approval of Business Information Services, LLC to provide a demographic study for the district.
The study would include demographic information to be used in the creation of a long-range plan, as well provide the district with operational data for transportation and elementary districting.
According to the administrative recommendation, the district is interested in the gold level package, which would include add-ons for bus routing efficiency analysis and attendance boundary adjustment. The service would cost the district between $22,000 and $30,000 and is not to exceed $30,000.
In other business, school board members are scheduled to:
• Consider approval of the 13th annual Senior Citizen Appreciation Banquet, to be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16 at the Neosho Middle School.
• Vote, for a second time, on the approval of the Neosho R-5 district's bus routes and ridership lists. State law requires that the board approve the lists twice a year.
• Vote on an annual update to the state-mandate assessment plan. The plan identifies assessments used in the district for gifted, Title I, English as a second language, and special education, as well as health and other assessment screenings. The plan also determines the times when the assessments are to be completed.
• Consider the adoption of Gallagher-Bassett as the district's insurance consultant.
• Recognize the district's student, classified and certified employees, and patron of the month.
• Meet, in executive session, to discuss personnel issues.