Monday, December 12, 2016
Joplin R-8 Board expected to act on Kelli Price resignation Thursday night
The opening for Price's position was posted Monday on the district website.
With the resignation of Price, the only remaining members of the C. J. Huff Administration who are still in R-8 upper administration is Executive Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Jennifer Doshier and CFO Paul Barr.
The former executive director of secondary education, Jason Cravens, was moved to the East Middle School principal position prior to the 2016-2017 school year.
Since Huff's "retirement" began 17 months ago, Buildings Project Director Mike Johnson retired, Curriculum Director Sarah Stevens resigned after being removed from her position and reassigned, COO Tina Smith resigned, and in recent weeks, Executive Director of Student Services Mark Barlass and Director of Early Childhood Education Amanda Boyer resigned under pressure.
Just before Huff's "retirement" took effect, he provided substantial raises to a handful of favored employees. The biggest went to Price, who saw her salary increase from $48,053 when she was classified as a "communications specialist" to $63,000 doing essentially the same work as director of communications.
The extra money for Price's increase came by eliminating 15 1,000 stipends that had been paid to district teachers to update the Facebook pages at their schools.