Neosho School District will vote on new levy proposal to help enhance educational opportunities

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NEOSHO, Mo. – On Tuesday, June 2, 2020, Neosho residents will vote on an operating levy proposal from the Neosho School District that will enhance Early Childhood programs and broaden educational opportunities for the district’s students, while also providing an improved salary schedule to attract and retain the best teachers and staff.

Neosho School District Superintendent Dr. Jim Cummins said the proposal would bring about a number of important improvements that students, staff, families, and the community at large will appreciate.

The proposal is a sensible, financially responsible proposal that will mean better times ahead for students, teachers and staff, families, and the communities the Neosho School District proudly serves. Passage would generate valuable educational opportunities for the students in our district.

Dr. Jim Cummins, Neosho School District Superintendent

If approved by voters, the operating levy proposal will:

  • Build storm shelters at Field Early Childhood and Central Elementary, and multipurpose shelter at Neosho Middle School
  • Expanding Early Childhood Education on the east side of town through a new multipurpose space at Benton Elementary.
  • Renovating existing art and music spaces and build a 1,500-seat performance hall at Neosho High School. It will add dedicated band classrooms, and the existing auditorium and classroom space will be repurposed for choir and theater classrooms.
  • Salary increase through a Prop C Waiver, making the district’s salary schedule more competitive with neighboring school districts.
  • Adding a End Zone Facility that provides indoor practice facilities, modern restrooms and accessible concession areas. It will also renovate Neosho High School locker rooms that were built in the 1950s.
    • Building the End Zone facility will require relocating the Roy B. Shaver baseball field to the athletic complex near Neosho Junior High School.

The operating levy proposal will generate more than $22 million for the district and will result in a tax increase of less than $75 per year for the owner of a $100,000 home.

Polls are open from 6:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.

“We urge every registered voter to cast his or her ballot on June 2, and to carefully consider the advantages the school district’s proposal gives to our students, their families, the teachers and staff, and our communities,” Dr. Cummins said.

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