Thursday, June 16, 2016
MSBA locked out of Joplin R-8 superintendent hunt, search firm finalists named
The R-8 Board of Education tonight eliminated two of the five firms that submitted proposals to handle the district's search for a replacement for Huff and one of the two was MSBA.
Only one board member, Sharrock Dermott, spoke in favor of MSBA, noting that the organization was "a partner of ours" referring to the organization's status as a sounding board and information repository for Missouri boards of education and "It's a Missouri organization, so it's a cultural fit. Our panel would come from this region."
Ironically, while MSBA's proposal bit the dust, one of the three surviving firms, which will make 15-minute presentations at the 6 p.m. Thursday, June 28 board meeting, will be Ray and Associates of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the search firm that landed former Joplin R-8 Superintendent Jim Simpson his present position at Lindbergh.(Note: Simpson was hired in Joplin following a search conducted by MSBA.)
Joining Ray and Associates in the finalists are McPherson and Jacobsen LLC, Omaha, Nebraska, the search firm who worked with the Springfield school district during its hiring of Lamar native John Jungmann as superintendent, and BWP & Associates, Libertyville, Illinois.
ExecConnect of Rochester, Minnesota, was eliminated along with MSBA.