The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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April 3, 2014

Neosho superintendent makes final push in advance of school bond election

NEOSHO, Mo. — Neosho School District Superintendent Dan Decker today made his final presentation to a civic organization before Tuesday’s $24 million school bond issue election for a new junior high school.

The new school would be for seventh- and eighth-grade students at Kodiak Road and Maple Street, adjacent to Carver Elementary School.

Decker spoke to the Neosho Exchange Club during its morning meeting at the Lampo Building.

Decker said he thinks he has spoken to almost every civic organization in Neosho about the bond issue. He said he’s cautiously optimistic about its chances for passage.

A four-sevenths, 57.1 percent, majority is required for approval.

He said the new school is needed to relieve crowding in the schools. He said based on Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education space recommendations for schools, the middle school and the high school are about 800 students over their space capacity.

Exchange Club member David Padgett said he has no children in the schools now.

“I know the school’s important, so me voting ‘yes’ is a no-brainer,” Padgett said.


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