This April, voters in Neosho will have to decide if they think the school district needs a new junior high facility at a price tag of $24 million. Neosho Superintendent Dan Decker says the district needs the new building to address overcrowding. He tells News Talk KZRG about the design.
"It'll be a 115,000 square foot facility with a two-story design for between 750 and 800 students. It'll also have a safe room built in. What this junior high facility will allow us to do is take the 8th grade out of the high school and the 7th grade out of the middle school and return our building more to the number they were designed for."
Decker says the bond issues have been a bit of a hard sell in the past, but he has been receiving positive feedback. If passed, homeowners would see a $46 a year property tax increase. Construction would start in the late summer and be finished for the 2016-2017 school year.