But no agreement is going to answer taxpayers’ questions. In our view, they deserve a lot more information than they are getting, especially since they are footing the bill. Retirements don’t come with this type of monetary send-off, and firings don’t include a letter of recommendation from the board president.
The Globe Editorial Board fails to note that if the newspaper had been doing its job for the past few years, the public would be fully aware why it was past time that C. J. Huff was shown the door.
The Globe has softpedaled all indications of problems with Huff, in many cases even allowing the superintendent to use the newspaper as a public relations tool to help his cause.
When CFO Paul Barr spoke of "might-as-well" spending last year, the Globe totally ignored the reference, which Barr said referred to such items as extra tennis courts, artificial turf for the soccer field and the football practice field, a track so students wouldn't have to go to Junge Field, and lighting and press boxes for the fields at the high school.
None of those things were included in the original plan approved by R-8 voters in the April 2012 election and by the time the Globe reported on the $8 million, it did so using only the Huff Administration's spin that it was all about HVAC and bathrooms.
When Huff attacked board members Debbie Fort and Jennifer Martucci during the April board meeting, the Globe limited its coverage to one paragraph on an inside page.
Even the results of a highly critical state audit were given short shrift by the Globe, which reported it almost entirely based on C. J. Huff's version of what the audit said and meant.
Then last week, the Globe offered another slap in the face to the teachers and staff in the school district by praising C. J. Huff as he exited and lauding the people that Huff brought into his upper administration- which was criticized by the state audit for having people who were unqualified for the jobs they held.
Thankfully, Joplin R-8 patrons have discovered that there is more than one source of information and that the truth cannot and should not be filtered through the Joplin Progress Committee.
The Globe editorial ends with this nugget:
The same holds true for the trust of readers, a lesson the Joplin Globe needs to learn.