After that, it was because spouses landed jobs in other towns and the little women had to go with them.
Then the teachers couldn't live up to the lofty standards set for them by Joplin R-8 administration.
And all along, with each story Superintendent C. J. Huff has created to explain the mass departure of teachers from the school district, he has insisted that not too many teachers are leaving, no more than any other school district.
As of the noon hour today, C. J. Huff has another reason for teachers leaving Joplin.
From noon to 1 p.m. today Huff answered questions from patrons on his Facebook page.
Two patrons asked about the high number of teachers leaving (approximately 300 over a three-year period). Huff's answer?
Teacher burnout is a struggle that districts across the country our facing. In Joplin we peaked a year or two ago at about 14.5% which was still below the state and national average. We were at around 10% this past year. It's going to vary from year to year, but something we watch closely.
A few things we have been doing to address those concerns include ongoing discussions with our teacher organizations, exit surveys of staff leaving the district, and multiple activities throughout the year to show our appreciation and support for our teachers. We are also working hard to insure that we are hiring high quality staff and providing professional support to teachers that they need to be successful.