Monday, May 26, 2014
C. J. Huff fires reading teachers, recommends purchase of Jumbotron
Of course, reading teachers are not the only ones who have been given the ax recently by Huff as he scrambles to salvage an ever-worsening financial situation and seems to be the brink of asking the voters to bail him out.
One of Joplin High School's two police officers has been told he will not return for the 2014-2015 school year and cuts have also been made from the secretarial and janitorial staffs.
The Jumbotron is part of a nearly $3 million audio-visual comprehensive system that Huff has recommended that the board approve when it meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Administration Building at 32nd and Duquesne.
It is described by only one word, "scoreboard" on the documentation that has been provided to the board and which is available to R-8 patrons on the district website and it is lumped in with sound equipment, projectors, microphones, audio and light equipment for the auditorium, and audio enhancement for Franklin Technical Center shop areas, as well as hardware for audio and video production classes, and integrated intercom and digital signage across the building.
The money, according to the proposal, will come from an EDA grant, which is supposed to be used for the benefit of Franklin Tech students.. Reportedly, Administration has been able to get this approved by the Economic Development Administration by emphasizing the parts having to do with Franklin Tech and treating the Joplin High School audio and video production classes as if they were Franklin Tech classes, though the ones who are allowed to take those courses are JHS students.