Saturday, October 22, 2016
Joplin R-8 District has paid Kansas City law firm more than $1 million
When the Board of Education meets Tuesday night, it is scheduled to approve payment of a $91,595.67 bill from Polsinelli, PC, the Kansas City law firm that his handling the P1 lawsuit, which involves both a lawsuit against the Lenexa, Kansas firm that did the electrical contracting work for Joplin High School, and the countersuit from the company.
The latest bill increases the amount paid to Polsinelli to at least $1,070,723.07, including $582,587.74 in the last four months alone.
While sources have indicated that a settlement may be in the offing, the amount taxpayers are paying continues to grow.
Of course, it could be worse, if P1 wins the lawsuit. The company claims it is owed more than $6 million for costs incurred due to Huff's push to get the high school opened on time in August 2014.
Huff, who "retired" in 2015, is still being paid his superintendent's salary through the end of December and received a $50,000 payment for "consulting," which is strictly to cover his help in preparing for the lawsuit he caused in the first place.