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Neosho School District Still Negotiating Insurance Payouts For Goodman Elementary, Kids Ready To Go Home

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     We've mentioned it this week.
     The original amount of insurance money for a new elementary school in Goodman...is about $2 million and change less than what district officials expected.
Walking the halls of Goodman Elementary - which isn't Goodman Elementary.
Callee Clapp, Goodman Elementary 1st Grader: "The school has lockers..."
Lockers - that were built for 7th graders.
Since the April 2017 tornado, Goodman Elementary students have been in a couple of different homes - now, residing in the old 7th grade wing of the Neosho Middle School.
And although it isn't the Goodman Elementary Callee Clapp remembers...
Clapp: "The cubbies match the old school"
She attended the "original" Goodman Elementary for kindergarten.
Clapp: "It got hit...like, the gym was gone, my mom's classroom was gone, the roof was gone, the playgrounds gone."
That left the students - and staff - displaced.
Samantha Hamilton, Goodman Elementary Principal: "It has been a challenge that's been for sure, but it's been a challenge we've been able to learn from, and overcome very well, the staff and team that we work with has been absolutely phenomenal."
On the one year anniversary of the tornado - the school held a ground breaking ceremony for the new facility, but Hamilton says that - was to give the students a positive way to remember the tornado.
Insurance has already paid out more than $6 million dollars in proceeds, but now, they've run into a few issues. 
Stuart Puckett, Neosho School Board: "There have been negotiations that have been on going and continue to on go, we're working on final estimates between building costs and the total insurance proceeds, and all those are still under negotiations."
Those negotiations originally said the district would receive just under $11 million dollars, now, the board has learned the district may only receive around $8 million dollars.
Puckett: "Well, you're asking some questions that we don't know the answer to right now."
     District officials say they still don't have a solid time line when construction will begin on the new school.

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