The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

December 3, 2012

Neosho’s new superintendent to be named Tuesday

School board meets behind closed doors to discuss selection

By Roger McKinney

NEOSHO, Mo. — The Neosho Board of Education plans to name its choice for the district superintendent on Tuesday, said board President Brett Day on Monday.

The board met behind closed doors Monday to discuss its selection, citing  the exception to the Missouri open-meetings law for hiring, firing, disciplining or promoting employees.

The board interviewed seven applicants before Thanksgiving. There were 28 applicants total, according to Day.

The school board had contracted with the Missouri School Boards’ Association to conduct the superintendent search. A survey of residents and parents conducted by the MSBA determined that residents want a superintendent with strong morals who is a leader. They also want someone who will take a central role in the community and be recognized as a community leader. The superintendent also should understand all aspects of education.

The board’s choice will start the job in July. The new superintendent will replace Richard Page, who took a job in the Gravette, Ark., school district.

Day said previously that Neosho will be one of the first school districts in the state to hire a superintendent for the next school year.

Temporary appointment

The Neosho Board of Education appointed Alma Stipp as superintendent for this school year following the resignation of Richard Page.