By Derek Spellman
NEOSHO, Mo. — The Neosho school superintendent has applied for a similar position in Fayetteville, Ark.
Richard Page is one of 42 people to apply for the post, according to Greg Mones, the human-resources director for Fayetteville Public Schools. The deadline for applicants was Wednesday.
Page was unavailable for comment Thursday.
The Morning News, which circulates in Northwest Arkansas, reported this week that the Fayetteville School Board will review the list of applicants during a Feb. 5 session. That meeting will help the board determine which candidates to invite for interviews later in February, according to the newspaper.
Neosho School Board president Bruce Mahr said he was not aware of Page’s application until he was contacted by the Globe. The board has been pleased with Page’s performance, Mahr said.
The Neosho board earlier this week voted to put a $16 million bond issue on the April ballot, with a goal of easing overcrowding at the intermediate level. The plan — the same one defeated by voters in November — calls for a 100,000-square-foot building for grades five and six to be erected next to the middle school. The plan includes expansions and renovations to the fine-arts wing, weight room and athletic-storage area at the high school. Those parts of the high school were built in the 1950s.
Mahr said he did not think Page’s application would affect the bond issue.
“I don’t think it will be a factor,” he said, saying that the school district has strong support.
Page was named superintendent of the Neosho R-5 School District in the 2004-05 school year, taking over for Mark Mitchell. Page previously had been an assistant superintendent with the Neosho district.
Mahr said the base salary for the Neosho superintendent’s position is about $130,000. The salary for the Fayetteville superintendent’s position is in the range of $200,000, according to Mones.
Fayetteville’s enrollment is about 8,400 students, according to the online advertisement for the superintendent’s position. Neosho’s total enrollment for 2008 was 4,271, according to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Web site.
By Derek Spellman