Sunday, July 26, 2015
Joplin R-8 voters foot the bill to honor Huff, quitters
Two others quit to force the selection of three board members to go to the Jasper County Commission. (Though one of them claimed he had been threatened, but has yet to produce any evidence of those threats.)
One only served six months.
Another one was tossed out by the voters, who preferred someone who said he would not be able to serve because he had taken another position of head of the Missouri Department of Public Safety.
Joplin R-8 taxpayers paid $114 to the Trophy House for plaques honoring former Superintendent C. J. Huff and former board members Mike Landis, Randy Steele, Shawn McGrew, Annie Sharp, and Jim Kimbrough. The bill is among those scheduled to be approved by the R-8 Board of Education when it meets 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Memorial Administration Building.
The plaques were presented June 25 at a reception.
No other bills for the reception are included on this month's list, so in all likelihood, more costs for the reception will be featured on next month's list.
Some other interesting bills this month:
-$206.20 to Bothwell-The Saxton Group for a meal for the Board of Education meeting
-$443,742.87 to P1 Group, which is suing the district for $7 million to cover costs incurred due to the push to get Joplin High School open in time for the 2014-2015 school year.
-$41,666.66 and $11,187.50 for rent to KIR Joplin LP and Northpark Mall for rent for the mall high school building while it is being restored to its former condition.
-$19,716.42 to Palmer Mediation for attempting to work out an agreement between the school district and P1 Group
-$46,674.42 to Polsinelli PC, which is representing the district in the P1 lawsuit.
-$4,915.47 to Missouri Southern State University for the rental of the Leggett & Platt Center Center for the Joplin High School Graduation.
-$499,040.80 to Apple Computers to lease MAC laptops for Joplin High School students.
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