article that was just posted on the Joplin Globe website, the area's newspaper of record lets us know that former Joplin R-8 Superintendent C. J. Huff, who only a few weeks ago took taxpayers to the cleaners with his cushy retirement deal, is upset because his evaluation wasn't kept confidential.
Here we go again.
When City Manager Mark Rohr was fired, the Globe continued fighting Rohr's battles, doing everything possible to savage the Loraine Report, to continue making allegations against Councilman Bill Scearce and even to use its vast investigative skills to reveal that Councilman Benjamin Rosenberg had illegally driven through town with his dog on his lap...seven months earlier.
Now the Globe appears ready to continue to fight C. J. Huff's battles against Jennifer Martucci and, though she is not mentioned in the article, Debbie Fort.
The same newspaper that kept C. J. Huff's transgressions absent from its pages is ready to mount a challenge to those who dared send him packing.
It also is irritating that C. J. Huff, who has publicly revealed confidential information about his teachers when it suited him, is whining because people found out that he did not do so well during his most recent evaluation.
As I wrote in Silver Lining in a Funnel Cloud, Huff used information from the personnel file of Kim Frencken, one of the teachers who testified for me during my hearing, only he got the information wrong and he and the district's top dollar attorney looked foolish. My book details the problems Huff caused for Frencken during the next school year, eventually leading to her resignation, including accusing her of providing information to the Turner Report, something which she did not do.
Huff also showed no qualms during a recent board meeting about using information from board member Debbie Fort's evaluations from her time as Irving Elementary principal.
The Globe has continued to sugarcoat stories about the district's financial condition, relegated Huff's vicious verbal attack against Fort to one brief paragraph on an inside page, and now takes a minor issue and makes it into a page one (and heavily promoted page one, as you can see from the accompanying photo) story for its Sunday edition.
Thank you, Joplin Globe, for once again showing why the Joplin area needs other sources of information.
Speaking of other sources of information, the story of how the city of Joplin and the Joplin R-8 School District have reached the point where they are in 2015 is told in Silver Lining in a Funnel Cloud, Greed, Corruption, and the Joplin Tornado. You can find out what the Joplin Globe has never told you, and will never tell you, about how Mike Woolston came to be the target of an FBI investigation and how C. J. Huff came to be unemployed. The book is available locally at Always Buying Books and Changing Hands Book Shoppe in Joplin and at Pat's Books in Carthage. It can also be purchased in paperback or e-book formats from Amazon.com at the links below.