Neosho Schools Address Overcrowding With Possible Bond Issue

By Priscilla Mace

Published 03/25 2014 09:44PM

Updated 03/25 2014 10:14PM

NEOSHO, MO.--- Residents get the chance to learn more about a proposed school bond issue in Neosho. Voters will head to the polls April 8th. The plans include building a 115,000 square foot facility, the new structure will allow administrators to have one building for 5th and 6th graders, another for 7th and 8th graders and a third for 9th and 12th grade. This will help alleviate overcrowding at the middle school and the high school.

"If I put that square footage into students, we are about 885 students overcrowded in grades 5 through 12. So we have got to find a way to gain some space," said Dr. Dan Decker, Neosho Superintendent. 

The bond issue is for $24 million. It will require a 24 cent increase per $100 in assessed valuation to the current debt service level for the district. That means the average homeowner will pay nearly $46 more each year in property taxes.

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