Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Joplin R-8 Board hires two new officials, accepts resignation
The tenure of Brandon Webb as human resources director ended after only three months as the board approved his letter of resignation. Webb had been hired to handle the job formerly held by Tina Smith, who had acted as the attack dog for the C. J. Huff-Angie Besendorfer administration. Smith resigned effective June 24.
The district took the unusual move of announcing the hiring of former Webb City R-7 Superintendent Ron Lankford as the interim H. R> director, even though the board has yet to officially approve the hiring. That move is expected to take place at the Tuesday, October 25 board meeting.
The board approved the promotion of David Pettit to the position of director of buildings and grounds, and tapped Michael Blevins to take Pettit's former position as director of transportation.