his blog the "resignation" of Joplin R-8 Superintendent C. J. Huff.
Just ask yourself why in the world would such a man “retire” now. Straight answer, he would not so retire. Instead he decided to leave in the HOPES that good people would continue to carry forward the improvements made over the last four tumultuous years in R-8. But we all know that will NOT happen, any good men or women ready to stand in the place of Dr. Huff and face the onslaught of the virulence seen against Dr. Huff ever since Turner was fired.
This BOE will never back a strong Superintendent ready to think and carry out his or her own ideas to improve public education in ways that make sense and counter the futile efforts of the past. Dr. Huff has been doing exactly that and faced a natural disaster as well. Look what has happened to him now, despite the gratuitous, clammy words spewed forth by a President of the BOE that has no idea yet what he really faces.
Right now I trust the stubbornness of Mike Landis and the courage of Lynda Banwart on this BOE. I hold Fort, Martucci and Kimbrough in low regard over professional, not personal, disagreements. I am not yet certain where Koch fits into that framework but I am deeply concerned that he is in far over his head in a real, public mess and has no experience or ideas how to get out of the mess.
I would strongly suggest that the board include Anson Burlingame in its decision-making process when it comes to the selection of a new superintendent. Ask him which candidates he likes and immediately eliminate them from consideration.