Dear Board of Education Members,
I am writing to you concerning the persistent problem of Dr. Huff's continual behavior to step out of line and make a mockery of our school board.
While many times during last night's meeting, several of you mentioned the need for a mediator to handle discord amongst you; yet what seemed to be lacking yet again in the last month is management of your one employee.
I spoke with many of the current incumbent members regarding my thoughts on CJ's own "cyber bullying" regarding his Facebook post against Mrs. Martucci's campaign, yet nothing has happened from that. Now with the board's failure to correct CJ's behavior, your comments regarding the need for a mediator grow because nothing was done to manage the one employee the board is responsible for. This lack in managing the situation seems to only have grown, as last night it has gone from starting a cyber-bullying scheme with a then potential school board candidate, to weighing in on board leadership decisions and creating the division amongst you.
I ask you why let him act out like that? Most disappointingly was that the only one among you to tell CJ to stop in that moment and that his actions were becoming inappropriate was Jennifer Martucci, yet most senior board member among you Mike Landis is supposed to be leading the meeting does not acknowledge it.
After you all let CJ publicly blast Debbie Fort for a second time and continued to let him rant and rave, I knew someone needed to point out your lack of order and that is why I called for a point of order, but even afterwards CJ continued to sit up there and nod his head and used his body language to criticize Debbie like a ill-behaved child. Do you have discord among you? Yes, but where is it coming from? The lack of action to control your one employee in the past, has now emboldened him to continue to act out.
Like I mentioned to some of you before, how do the actions of CJ Huff doing things like this look to the children of our district? The cyber-bullying, the disorder and disrespect would not be tolerated of a student, yet CJ has free reign. ENOUGH!
I know some of you have personal relationships with CJ, and the rest of you need to hold those board members accountable. If you can't put aside personal relationships for professional actions, then step down from your seat. The longer you all continue to ignore this, the more arrogant CJ's behavior will become, and perhaps some other members among yourselves will be the next one to be on the receiving end.
While Jennifer Martucci and Debbie Fort have handled CJ's bullying antics in a graceful manner, how will one of you handle it when you are treated in the same manner your constituents have been? CJ never should have weighed in on a board election, he never should have given his opinions of a former employee who is now his employer and criticized her openly as he did last night.
You all are letting CJ win these little bullying games, because he got what he wanted. He felt impervious enough after his attack on Jennifer Martucci as a board candidate after the past board failed to address that issue with him, that he now will do this with seated board members publicly. You gave CJ the platform to speak against Debbie Fort to show his one sided conflict against her, and to make you all feel like Debbie would not be a capable board president. So CJ wins in Debbie not getting elected as board president, and Debbie loses that election amongst you. So now CJ walks away unscathed?
Like Jeff Koch said last night, is holding Debbie back due to someone else's actions fair to her? Well last night it felt like you ALL said yes, and saw to it that CJ would not have to work with a board president he didn't want. So if the leadership is lacking among you to be CJ's employer, then who does he work for?
I said to many of you regarding CJ's Facebook blast against Jennifer Martucci that I would encourage you all to look at state protocol with the Department of Education, the Missouri Ethics Commission, and the Secretary of State regarding a superintendent acting out against candidates in an election. Ask personally yourselves and look into it first-hand.
Ask Norman Rouse and Tina Smith about school employees weighing in on an election. I cannot imagine that it is permissible for teachers to be prohibited for some actions, yet administration is permitted to do it, and if so it the policies needed to be reviewed. Furthermore I would encourage you to ask Tina Smith about policies for the district regarding social media and appropriates uses of it by district employees. Now with this latest outburst, I would encourage you to ask Tina and Norman both to look at policies regarding personnel practices and whether or not it is permissible for an employee who left in good standing can have past work actions brought about publicly in a board forum by their former supervisor.
The bottom line is, this is all out of control, and this needs to be handled NOW. I strongly encourage you to address this issue immediately. While I know the public is not to be privy to how personnel issues are resolved, when the proper corrective action is taken against a public official it will create enough of a ripple in the pond that the public can realize something happened. I ask you all to be thorough, be fair, and take a stand and not let your employee run wild like this. I would encourage you all to contact me with any questions, comments, or follow up regarding this discussion.
Thank you for your time and your service.