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Neosho Schools Consider Tearing Down Old Building & Relocating 50 Kids

The Davis House at Central Elementary currently houses classrooms for music, special education, and ESL.

Thousands of dollars have been spent to fix its leaky roof.

District officials say it would be more useful as a teacher parking lot.

If the proposal to tear the house down goes through, 50 students would move from central to south elementary.

“Where the Central attendance area ends and the South School attendance area begins...and what we would do is move is we would begin to move that boundary area back towards Central in order to accommodate that number of students,” says Neosho Schools Superintendent Dan Decker.

If the Davis House were to be torn down school officials say there really would be no place for the students in these four classes to go. The district would need to come up with a better solution.

The district says by moving 50 students out of Central, there would be enough room for the rest of the students. But music teacher Ms. Davis disagrees and says they would need more trailers.

“If this Davis House were gone, then the building is full. It is full...at the brim. And so our only options would be the trailers."

She teaches kindergarteners through fourth graders in the Davis House and says

“It's a great room, but it's a little tight as you can tell. And when we do instruments and things like that the volume can really go up, and I'm close to a couple other classrooms that have kids also so being in a bigger room would be ideal."

Central Elementary is the smallest school in the district and growing. It currently has 258 students.

“To add that many students in that short period of time it's created some problems for the elbow room. And we have a lot of mobile units there, it's taken away some playground space, so we're feeling the effects," says Neosho School Board President Brett Day.

The district is holding upcoming work sessions where parents and community members can weigh in on the issue.

In Neosho, Diane Gerstenfeld KOAM News. 
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