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A Message from Superintendent Decker

Hello Wildcat Nation!

 

It appears Mother Nature decided it was time to bless us with winter. However with five children in our house, three of which attend Neosho School District and two in college, there are mini celebrations each day as the school cancellation phone calls come in. Snow days bring me the privilege of one of the best views in Neosho. As I look out the window of my office I get to watch Neosho’s youth taking advantage of sledding on the hill just south of Bob Anderson Stadium. Young and old brave the cold temperatures to take several trips up and down that hill.

 

On a more serious note, as Superintendent these are more stressful times. The desire is to have the students in school and everything operating and moving ahead on schedule. The reality is that we can only do what the weather and road conditions will allow us to do. I want to reassure everyone that Transportation Director Michelle Embry, and I have spend a great deal of time driving the roads of the District and meeting to determine the conditions and ultimately our ability to get our students to and from school safely each time we have snow or ice. We also spend a great deal of time collaborating with the superintendents and transportation directors from our neighboring schools to help all of us make the best decisions. District custodians and maintenance teams work feverishly each day to clean parking lots and sidewalks to ensure these areas are safe for our students, team, and community. Our main goal during inclement weather is to keep everyone in Wildcat Nation safe, but rest assured we will always do our best to get the students back in school as soon as it is safe to do so.

 

Finally, there has been some question about how these snow days will affect the last day of school. Working from our school calendar, missing Tuesday (1/16) will move the last day of school back to Thursday, May 25th, 2018. If we miss additional days, those will be made up following May 25th.

 

I want to take a moment to say thank you to the community for all of the support that is shown to Neosho School District. I have been in many communities and can honestly say the support I see here for the students and the school is encouraging. I realize we may not say it enough but please know we think it often.

 

Have a GREAT rest of the week, stay warm and safe!

 

Dan Decker