KZRG is reporting that reporter Joe Lancello's interview with R-8 Board of Education member Debbie Fort after Tuesday night's board meeting was interrupted by the board attorney- because it is board policy that the only person who can speak for the board is Board President Annie Sharp.
Only it isn't board policy, at least no policy that has been written, voted on, and approved by the board.
The Price referred to in the preceding paragraph is Kelli Price, the district's public relations supervisor, or the way C. J. Huff hands out titles, she is probably the district's executive director of public relations.
Another example of C. J. Huff's attempts to control the media. Officials who are directly elected by the people do not need to have permission from a board attorney or a PR flak to answer questions from the media.
We also do not need to be spending taxpayer money for someone to "facilitate any interview requests."
It is also obvious from the KZRG account that it is not board policy, but an agreement that is designed to protect the board from public scrutiny. There was no reason at all for the board's lawyer to become involved since it was not a formal board policy.
It has become painfully obvious over the past six years that C. J. Huff either does not know anything about the First Amendment or does not care.
The people of the Joplin R-8 School District should have every reason to hope that the people they elect are not going to hide behind "board agreements" to keep from having to answer to the public- or in this case, to prevent the public from learning the truth.