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Insurance Might Not Cover Cost of Goodman Elementary

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The Neosho School District is unsure insurance money will help pay for the new Goodman Elementary School. 

On April 4th, 2017, a tornado destroyed the Goodman Elementary school, which is a part of the Neosho School District.  One year later, a groundbreaking was held where a new school will be built.  Officials told us the new, bigger school will cost $10.7 million to build, but there could be some issues when it comes to paying for it.

KOAM/FOX 14 asked the district about discrepancies regarding insurance money.  We received the following statement::

"The latest presentation concerning Goodman Elementary at the board work session on April 3, 2018 included multiple plans with associated estimated amounts so that the board could see what the different amounts would afford in a building. Presented information concerning insurance details and payments indicated that though nothing was final, it was expected that the school district would receive approximately $10.7 million to rebuild Goodman Elementary. Upon the school board's request for verification, it was determined that the District would receive $8.1 million for the building. Currently the board of education and district administration are waiting on finalized documentation concerning insurance details and payments before proceeding further. The school district was not awarded a FEMA grant so there will not be FEMA funding for the Goodman project."

The District's Board of Education, in an executive session on April 16th, 2018, voted to put Dan Decker on administrative leave.  They have not released a reason.  KOAM and FOX 14 has requested information on what took place during the closed executive board meeting.

The board has appointed Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Rebecca Sears as the acting superintendent for the remainder of the school year.

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