In Joplin, the school board has suffered a complete turnover, the longtime superintendent abruptly stepped down, and 65 percent of current teachers have five years of experience or less.
“The community was ready for a change,” said Koch, who has been on the board less than a year. “Hopefully with this, it will stabilize the district.”
The reference to stabilizing the district is the key. Over the past few years, Joplin has careened from one disaster to another (and that is not even including the tornado) under the guidance of former Superintendent C. J. Huff.
Sixty-five percent of teachers with five years of experience or less. This fact, and not Bright Futures, will be C. J. Huff's legacy.
And that is not even mentioning the district's financial situation.