Continuous Improvement: Transforming Neosho's Educational Landscape
On June 2, 2020, Neosho witnessed a historic moment. Our community made a resounding statement by approving a significant bond issue, demonstrating its commitment to investing in a brighter future for our city, its children, residents, businesses, and newcomers. We extend our heartfelt thanks to the dedicated volunteers who worked tirelessly to secure approval for these transformative initiatives.
The 2020 bond issue was not only a triumph for our schools but also for the entire community. It paved the way for critical improvements, and it's our promise to utilize these tax dollars wisely to benefit Neosho's entire community.
Prioritizing Safety: Safe Rooms
Our top priority was ensuring the safety of our students and staff. We wasted no time in preparing bid specifications for steel shelters to be installed at Central and Field Elementary schools. These safe rooms were ready for use by the start of the school year. At Benton and Neosho Middle School, traditional construction projects were initiated, with a focus on completing the design and budget approval process to begin construction as soon as possible.
Concrete tornado shelters, an essential component of our safety initiative, require careful planning due to lead times for wall panels. We aim to commence construction around the beginning of the school year.
A State-of-the-Art Performing Arts Center (PAC)
Our commitment to enriching education was showcased through the construction of the Freeman Health Sytem Performing Arts Center (PAC), a project that took time but was well worth the wait. The PAC offers a state-of-the-art facility for our students and the entire community to enjoy. It was officially opened on July 15, 2023, and it's a testament to the dedication of our community in supporting the arts and education.
Elevating Athletic Facilities and More
We also embarked on several projects to enhance our athletic and educational facilities. The Performing Arts Center was a significant milestone, but we have not forgotten the importance of our athletic programs and academic spaces. We made progress in the following areas:
As we continued to make strides in improving our facilities, we also secured financing for these projects at a favorable time, thanks to low-interest rates. Furthermore, the approval of the Prop C waiver allowed us to enhance salary schedules for Neosho School District team members.
Your support was instrumental in making these initiatives a reality. We will keep yoau informed of the progress and continue working together to create a better future for Neosho.