Low teacher morale, high turnover, and general incompetence in administration.
Joplin R-8 Interim Superintendent Norm Ridder is familiar with having to follow someone with that track record.
When East Middle School students return from Christmas break, Barbara Cox will have the same opportunity.
During a staff meeting at East Friday morning, Executive Director of Secondary Education Jason Cravens announced that Bud Sexson, East's principal for the past five and a half years was being reassigned and that Cox would take over as principal.
Ridder told the Turner Report that Cox, the former principal at North Middle School, had come highly recommended by staff, board members, and the community.
"She had a good history and people spoke highly of her. I met with her and I liked her," Ridder said, adding that the members of the community he had talked to "like her a lot."
No reason has been given for Sexson's reassignment, nor is it known just what Sexson will be doing. "Nothing I can say at this point," Ridder said, "We're looking for the best match."