Tuesday, December 16, 2014
C. J. Huff: Change in JHS gym seat colors won't cost anywhere near $96,000
In an article in today's Joplin Globe, education reporter Emily Younker relays Huff's contention that after all is said and done, the cost of the seats is only going to be about $18,000 at worst and will probably be much less. He must be using Common Core math:
Huff said the $95,000 change order would replace both the tan and royal blue seating with navy blue seating. The tan seats would be re-installed in some of the elementary safe rooms that have yet to be furnished, including those at Kelsey Norman, Columbia, West Central, and Royal Heights. The royal blue seating could also be used in the elementary safe rooms, or it could be designated as surplus property and sold, Huff said.
The cost to the district isn't going to be $95,000 in the end," he said. "It will be much less than that. The worst-case scenario is somewhere in the $18,000 range and we fully anticipate it will be less than that when we surplus those seats."
In the Globe article, Huff made it appear that district officials knew right from the start that the coloring for the seating was "unacceptable."
Considering that there have been public complaints from the first about the colors and this is the first that Huff has ever mentioned it publicly, it is hard to believe that he and his administration have been on top of this issue.