Saturday, June 20, 2015
Rejected $100,000 consulting firm takes one more shot at R-8 Board
The board voted against it by a 3-2 margin at is May 26 meeting with Board President Jeff Koch, Debbie Fort, and Jennifer Martucci voting against rehiring the consultants and Lynda Banwart and Mike Landis voting for the group.
Despite that vote, Core Collaborative is on the agenda for the 7 p.m. Tuesday meeting. It will be interesting to see if the three new board members will side with Banwart and overturn the earlier decision.
One thing is for certain, the district would not even have to think about hiring $100,000 a year consultants if Huff had hired qualified people for upper administration. The successful school districts in our area may go to a conference put on people like these, or more likely read the books and literature, but then the professional development and training would take place in-house.
The board will also discuss the procedures it will use to hire an interim superintendent to replace Huff and give the district time to conduct a full search for Huff's eventual replacement. Again, depending on the mindset of the three board members, the safe bet would be to assume that a retired superintendent will be brought in. Huff's failure to surround himself with qualified people leaves few, if any, in-house options, and almost any in-house selection would meet with disapproval by teachers and classified workers who have lived in the culture of fear created by Huff and his administrative team.
The board is expected to officially hire Norman Rouse as the district's legal representative at the cost of $120 per hour.
Restoring mall high school
The board will decide on a company to handle the renovation of the mall high school to the owner's specifications as required by SEMA/FEMA.
The district asked for three bids and received two. The recommended bid is $378,000 from Pro X, which says it will complete the task in six weeks. The other bid, $805,000, came from Apollo Industries LLC, which said it would take three months.
A closed session is scheduled for legal and personnel matters.