Thursday, August 20, 2015
Joplin R-8 taxpayers pay for C. J. Huff to tout Bright Futures USA in Nashville
Despite the fact that the district gets no value out of Huff's participation in the convention, it was one of the demands spelled out by the former superintendent, as well as paying him his salary through the end of 2016 and paying him $50,000 for "consulting," which district officials have acknowledged is mostly to help them with information for legal actions taken against the district, many of them brought about by Huff's actions.
The NSPRA website shows that Huff, who serves as the organization's vice president at large for superintendents, participated in two activities
He served as a facilitator for a discussion on how to work with parents and "instill confidence in your schools."
Huff and Kim Vann, executive director of Bright Futures USA, and a former Joplin R-8 official touted the organization during another presentation, which was described in this way on the website:
Who doesn’t want to hear that phrase coming out of the mouths of hundreds of elementary aged children? Learn how one program is helping children get to college long before they enter the doors of a high school in Joplin, Mo., while engaging an entire community who wants to help them get there. You’ll also learn how integration of social media has been key in the success of the program.
The R-8 Board of Education is scheduled to approve payment of the $862.64 bill when it meets August 25 at the Memorial Education Building. The bill notes that it is being paid "per agreement."