Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Board to evaluate Huff during closed special session, no waiting for audit results
That is not the way things are done in the world of "might-as-well" spending. six-and-a-half mile ribbons and $100,000 expenditures for changing the color of gymnasium seats.
President Anne Sharp and the Joplin R-8 Board of Education will evaluate Superintendent C. J. Huff during a special closed session Wednesday night. If things occur as usual. Huff will have his contract extended at the conclusion of that session.
All of this is taking place while the board is awaiting the results of a state audit of the school district, which in all likelihood is going to be extremely critical of the way Huff and the Board have operated the school district in the three and a half years since the Joplin Tornado.
At this point, the fieldwork portion of the audit is over. Auditors returned to Jefferson City in December to work up the first draft. The next step is for them to hold a closed door session with the school board, allowing board members to respond to each item in the audit. After that, the auditors return to their office and write the final report, which will be issued at a public meeting.
There does not appear to be anything forcing the board to hold Huff's evaluation now, other than it has traditionally been done at this time. This is the first time, however, that the district has been in the middle of a state audit when it has come time for the superintendent's evaluation.
The meeting will also include an open session in which Huff will talk to the board about the conversion of the former Memorial Middle School into administration offices. That has apparently already started without board approval.
The meeting is scheduled to start at 5:15 p.m. in the Administration Building at 32nd and Duquesne.