Friday, May 29, 2015
Joplin R-8 months behind on payments to storm shelter contractors
In an e-mail sent Thursday to contractors, Greg Fogle, president, Midwest Operations, for Nabholz Construction Services, says, " Nabholz has continued in good faith to serve the Joplin Public Schools without payment for more than five months. We have worked diligently to resolve the issue through multiple communications to the school district, the last of which went unanswered on May 18 when Nabholz requested a date to deliver pay applications and related documentation with affirmation of the district's intent to pay for services already rendered."
The situation became more urgent for the construction company with this week's resignations (retirement) of Superintendent C. J. Huff and long-time board members Mike Landis and Randy Steele.
Fogle wrote, "I am sure that you are aware, in the last few days, Joplin Public Schools has undergone significant leadership changes among the administration and the School Board."
This is not the first situation in which the school district has been accused of not paying contractors for work done on the building projects that followed the tornado.
The P1 Group, an electrical contracting firm from Lenexa, Kan, is suing the district for $6.5 million it says it is owed because of extra costs and overtime associated with the district's efforts to get Joplin High School open in time for the 2014-2015 school year.
The district is also suing the P1 Group and a mediation session is scheduled Monday in the Kansas City offices of the law firm representing the district, Polsinelli P. C.