The following is posted on the Bright Futures website:
Have books in your home and read to your children 30 minutes a day (1,000 hours) from birth to age 5.
Build their vocabulary, help their written expression, expand their imagination, and motivate them to read more. Their school success will dramatically increase.
The road to success starts on day one!
Based on one of his most recent actions, you have to wonder if Joplin R-8 Superintendent C.J. Huff thinks the road to success ends the day children enter kindergarten.
Huff, in one of his steps to manage the district' financial crisis has reportedly eliminated the part-time reading teachers in all of the district's elementary schools for the 2014-2015 school year.
The news of the elimination of these positions comes on the heels of the elimination of clerical workers, custodians, and other classified workers at all district schools, as well as one of the police officers at Joplin High School.
At this point, no mention has been made of eliminating any of the extra layers of administration that have been added since C. J. Huff arrived in the Joplin R-8 School District in 2008, or the layers of administrators-in-training teaching/learning coaches.
The cuts have all come from those on the lower end of the pay scale.