Thursday, August 18, 2016
Joplin R-8 legal fees for P1 lawsuit approaching $1 million
The $216,031.61 submitted for the latest bill by Polsinelli PC, a Kansas City firm, brings the total to at least $818,093.49 and the P1 lawsuit is nowhere near its conclusion.
The bill comes one month after the district paid $112,926.57, meaning that taxpayers have shelled out $328,958.18 in two months.
That amount does not include the $50,000 the district paid former Superintendent C. J. Huff to be available to help with the lawsuit, which according to P1 came because of decisions Huff made in a desperate, ultimately unsuccessful effort to get Joplin High School opened on time for the scheduled beginning of the 2014-2015 school year.
The district filed the lawsuit after it became aware that P1 was preparing to file a lawsuit asking for more than $6 million it says the district owes it for extra costs associated with Huff's unsuccessful race to get Joplin High School open on time in August 2014.