Nowhere in that report did Huff mention that the Joplin R-8 School District is in serious financial trouble.
The reason, Huff will tell the Board of Education Tuesday night is that he has not yet received money from FEMA, SEMA, or from grants the district has applied for and received.
The document that accompanies this post is a screenshot of Huff's request to pursue outside financing, both short-term and long-term loans, to keep the district afloat.
Huff and Chief Financial Officer Paul Barr have signed off on a request to hire a municipal adviser, recommending George K. Baum and Company, to seek bids from financial institutions for these loans.
How much money will the district need?
Huff doesn't know, according to the document. "The amounts needed to finalize are being analyzed and developed," the report says. "They relate to expanded project scope, items we did not have before or unforeseen site conditions."
As has been noted earlier this week in the Turner Report, Huff has already began slicing jobs, including those of secretaries, custodians, technology department workers, and even a high school police officer. None of the cuts, as of yet, have come from the teaching/learning coaches, or the layers of upper and middle administration employees that have been added since C. J. Huff became superintendent in 2008.