A Message from Superintendent Decker
Good morning Wildcat Nation!
What a GREAT time it is to be a Neosho Wildcat! I took the summer off of writing articles but I’m ready to get back to reporting the great things going on in Neosho School District and education in general.
As I reflect on what took place in the last school year I can’t believe all of the things we encountered and overcame as our District continued to grow and do what’s best for kids; The construction of Neosho Junior High, the Goodman tornado, and the Neosho flood just to name a few. In each situation the school and community came together with a resolve to take care of each other and our kids, and we are stronger because of it.
The start of this year began with the opening of Neosho Junior High; This facility is amazing and is going to be something the District and community can be proud of for years to come. We were able to design the junior high with the future of education in mind, for project-based, collaborative learning that will allow students not only to obtain the knowledge, but also solve real world problems. This design will also allow us to partner with businesses and individuals in the community, allowing them to bring their expertise into the building and expose our students to different fields.
As a District, one of the main goals we have had is to personalize education for each of our students; The junior high design propels us into that mindset with the hope that it will spread upward into the high school and downward into the middle and elementary schools.
The start of this year also sees our elementary and middle school moving away from the traditional classroom of “sit and get” to ones with more flexible, hands-on, problem solving and application. Students are involved and responsible for their learning and I can’t wait to see the great things that are going to happen.
This year will also see us begin the rebuilding process of Goodman Elementary. We are blessed as a District to be able to house Goodman in the north end of Neosho Middle School throughout the building process, allowing the kids and team to be under one roof. The timing of the seventh grade moving into their new home was impeccable and made us even more grateful for the community support that led to Neosho Junior High. The hope is to break ground at Goodman this fall and have the rebuild complete somewhere between 12 and 18 months, building in the same location. It’s our desire to construct a Goodman facility that while smaller in size, is equal in its integrity; A facility that our students are proud to call their own and will focus on personalizing student learning.
I can’t tell you how thankful I am for the opportunity to lead Neosho School District. As a school and community we are doing great things for our kids which will pay dividends for years to come. Thank you for being a community that supports your schools and all that we are doing for kids. I look forward to a GREAT year!