Spangler, the district's public relations director, followed the company line and stayed mum about the reasons for the change in Decker's status, but included some extra information for News-Leader education reporter Claudette Riley.
Asked to provide a statement regarding the superintendent's paid leave, Spangler also sent details concerning Goodman Elementary School. It was not immediately clear why.
The News-Leader then used information from the Neosho Daily News and Joplin Globe articles on the board meeting to explain that the $10.7 million Decker told the board earlier this month that the district would receive in insurance payment would cover most of the cost for the $11 million rebuilding of Goodman Elementary, turned out to be only $8.1 million.
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