Tuesday, May 27, 2014

We're getting a Jumbotron! 7-0 vote by Joplin R-8 Board

 Welcome to 21st Century Learning.

Thanks to a 7-0 vote moments ago by the Joplin R-8 Board of Education, 21st Century learning will include a Jumbotron (main gym video board), video walls in the commons area, and digital signage across both the new Joplin High School and Franklin Technical Center.

The package will be primarily paid for through a grant from the federal Economic Development Administration, which R-8 officials told the board had just approved the package earlier today.

Much of the more than $2 million (plus a $750,000 local match) will go toward all kinds of state-of-the-art audio and video that will be used by the Joplin High School television production class, or as board members and those watching at home found out tonight, it is not really a Joplin High School class; it has always been a Franklin Technical Center class.

That's a good thing since the EDA grant was specifically targeted for Franklin Tech.

The audio-visual package did not take up all of the money from the EDA grant and apparently not everyone got the message that the video production classes are and always have been Franklin Tech and not Joplin High School classes.

Where will the rest of the grant money go?

"The balance will go to Franklin Tech programs,"  the Franklin Tech rep, who had previously dutifully allowed technology director Klista Rader, who drew up the bid package, to do most of the talking.

Questions were asked by board members, something that has been infrequent during the C. J. Huff era.
Newly elected Debbie Fort questioned whether the package that was to be approved moments later by the board followed the original intent of the grant. She noted that there was nothing in this package for the adults who attend Franklin Tech and that she had thought that training for EMTs and nursing would be included.

"Some of it was taken out," Rader said. "Some of the things we wanted to do, they said no."

Fortunately, EDA had the foresight and vision not to say no to a Jumbotron (main gym video board).


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Anonymous said...

Business as usual, nothings changed.

Anonymous said...

It makes no sense. Let's spend this $2.5 million we don't have now and we will just ask for $8 million in a couple of months. What happens when the taxpayers say no?

Anonymous said...

Something here smells rotten. I can't believe EDA was more interested in scoreboards than in students becoming first responders and EMTs. I wonder what else about the programs we've been promised isn't true. How many more are being changed now. Still no trust in the system, and not putting trust in this new board yet.

Anonymous said...

Hmmmm...7-0. Must mean Debbie Fort voted for it too.

Anonymous said...

You people thinking Fort is some type of savior are sadly mistaken. A weak administrator who you thought was capable of leading? Give me a break.

Alana Maddock said...


Anonymous said...

Well there was a election. We got a full house of the same ole shit.

Anonymous said...

As a taxpayer and a registered voter. I am Very disappointed in the action taken by the newly Publicly elected school board members. At last nights meeting they could stand up for the right thing but bowed down to the usual good ole boy Huff's Way. Shame on you. Sincerely, John Q Taxpayer.