Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Randy Steele quits: The thrill is gone
In less than two years, six of the seven members of the Joplin R-8 Board of Education have either resigned, decided not to run for re-election, or have been booted out by the voters.
The latest resignation, that of Randy Steele, who has been a board member since 2008 (he and Superintendent C. J. Huff arrived at about the same time), was received by the board just prior to its Tuesday night meeting, according to a story posted less than an hour ago on the Joplin Globe website.
Steele told the Globe he was under too much pressure in trying to find the seventh board member to replace former Joplin Police Chief Lane Roberts. "The focus is gone. I've had enough," Steele told the newspaper.
The only remaining board member from April 2013 is Mike Landis, who has been on the board since 2001. Landis' term ends in 2016.
Of the other board members, two former board presidents, Anne Sharp and Jeff Flowers were soundly defeated by the voters, two others, Phil Willcoxon and Jim Kimbrough decided not to run again (though Kimbrough applied for the vacant board seat and is one of the finalists) and two, Steele and Dawn Sticklen, resigned.