Tuesday, September 22, 2015
R-8 Board to pay $44K legal bill for Huff lawsuit
Among the bills listed for approval of the Joplin R-8 Board of Education when it meets at 7 p.m. today in the Memorial Administration Building is one for $44,529 to the Polsinelli law firm from Kansas City, which is representing the district in a lawsuit against the P1 Group, the Lenexa, Kansas, firm which handled the electrical work for the high school.
Expecting a lawsuit for unpaid bills, the district sued the P1 Group, which then countersued, claiming that it is owed more than $6 million for the overtime and increase in personnel needed to get the building open on time to meet former Superintendent C. J. Huff's timetable.
Some other interesting bills on the list for this month:
-$55 to pay for Bright Futures Donation Center coordinator Melissa Doura to join the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce's Young Professionals Network
-$428.70 for Chik-Fil-A, $294.25 to McAlester's Deli, $279 to Orient Express, and $228.93 to the Red Onion Restaurant for lunches during the laptop checkout time at Joplin High School
-$265 to Fourth Street Bowl for a staff team builder
-$354.75 to Chicken Annie's listed under "supplies"
-$320 for a table at yet another Joplin Regional Business Journal awards dinner
-$15,495 to Simpson Sheet Metal for wave panels on a press box at Joplin High School
-$1,078.55 to cover Kelli Price's costs of attending the National School Public Relations Association meeting in Nashville.
-$660 to cover Kelli Price's membership dues and attendance at the fall conference of the Missouri State Public Relations Association Fall Conference November 5 and 6.