GOODMAN, Mo. – A new school in Goodman is a welcome addition to the Neosho School District, but it poses a problem for its surrounding neighbors.
After the 2017 tornado, the district decided to rebuild on the existing site of the former Goodman Elementary School. There has always been a slight problem with water runoff, but city officials tell us the new school has made the problem worse.
When it rains, the flooding created by the runoff mainly affects Whitmore Street on the east side of the school. Although Goodman is known to have water runoff issues already, Goodman Mayor JR Fisher says it’s been more of a problem lately.
“Water has followed this path since the dawn of time. But now, with the, with the new school installed, it’s overwhelming there and creating damage, ”said JR Fisher – Mayor of Goodman.
The problem being solved, the district put a metal plate in the retention basin, hoping to fix the problem. But, unfortunately, runoff water still exists.
“We let the engineers solve these problems, but at the end of the day we want to be a good partner with the town of Goodman,” said Dr. Jim Cummins – Neosho School District Superintendent.
While the school asks engineers to look into the problem, Mayor Fisher is still concerned.
“My number one concern is with the kids, and then you know, if you get right behind me, this is our sewage treatment plant, it’s all pouring in there. We know the results of a two inch rain, I’m really, really nervous now about something bigger, ”said Fisher.
And if the time is right, Dr. Cummins is confident they can fix it.
“If there’s something we need to do differently because we’ve created some change, we’ll definitely fix it then,” Dr. Cummins said.
Much like Dr. Cummins, Mayor Fisher believes the city and the school district have what it takes to fix stormwater runoff. Mayor Fisher adds that they are thankful for the new school, but for now, they are just overwhelmed by the added water.