Saturday, May 18, 2024

Joplin R-8 Board to consider contract for basketball goal inspections


A $33,327 contract for Sports Con to conduct inspections on all of the Joplin R-8 School District's basketball goals is on the consent agenda for the R-8 Board of Education when it meets 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Memorial Administration Building.

According to the documentation provided to the board, district staff conducts annual inspections, while an outside company is contracted every other year to conduct an additional inspection. The inspection will include recommendations to the district for repair and remediation to the district to assess maintenance and capital outlay costs.

The condition of district basketball goals was brought to the public's attention March 2, 2017 when a goal at Irving Elementary collapsed and killed Joplin High School senior Spencer Nicodemus (pictured).

The death resulted in a lawsuit, though not against the R-8 School District.

The Nicodemus family settled with the defendants Universal Construction, Gared Holdings, LLC, GH Post Sale, LLC, Carroll Seating Company, Inc., and Sapp Design Architects PC for an undisclosed amount, with none of the defendants admitting fault.

The eight-count, 31-page petition accused all of the defendants of negligence, and alleged liability against Gared Holdings, the company that owned Performance Sports System.

The goal that killed Spencer Nicodemus was "unreasonably dangerous when put to a reasonably anticipated use," according to the petition.

Carroll Seating entered into a contract with November 6, 2014 to provide and install the equipment. The collapsed goal was part of a change order that added four overhead basketball goals, backboards, and assemblies.

Universal Construction signed off on the equipment without ever testing it and did not do an inspection after one year as it was obligated to do, according to the petition.

The settlement was the second Universal Construction was forced to make as a result of shoddy workmanship during the construction of the new buildings the school district needed after the May 22, 2011 Joplin Tornado.

A settlement was reached with Sue Macy, who was injured when cabinets collapsed in the office area at the new East Middle School. The petition alleged that the cabinets were not securely fastened to the wall. When the cabinets fell on her, Macy suffered injuries to her head, neck, shoulders and back, according to the lawsuit.

The case was scheduled to come to trial October 7, 2016, when a settlement was reached and the case was dismissed June 29, 2016.


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Anonymous said...

When all else fails, SUE! Attorneys are waiting in line for their next Big Pay-Days. This was a tragic situation, for Spencer Nicodemus and his Family with Shoddy Construction and Shoddy Installation.

Do we just remove all Sports from the Schools to save on Costs and Potential Lawsuits or do we require every Student to Sign Waivers releasing the Schools and Facility from any Liabilities?

How many Kids that Played Football or Other Sports with Shoddy Equipment will be coming back in 10-25 Years to SUE the Schools, in Class Action Lawsuits, because they suffered a Concussion which is not going to affect them until later on in their lives or cause Dementia or Alzheimer's or other Brain Damage - just as Professional Football and other Sports are Facing today?

With the Potential Liability and Potential Risk of Playing Sports - Is it Worth it - Financially and Physically to Schools and the Athletes?

Anonymous said...

You’re looking for CTE reference.

Anonymous said...

What is the answer? Do we just remove all Sports from the Schools to save on Costs and Potential Lawsuits or do we require every Student to Sign Waivers releasing the Schools and Facility from any Liabilities?

Most Kids love playing Sports in Grade and High School but are we just creating a Financial Money Stream for Colleges.

How much Money does college sports Generate?

Based on data obtained through non-profit Form 990 tax returns, college athletics earned approximately $13.6 billion in total revenue in 2022 through its myriad of entities.[1] While this figure pales in comparison to an estimated $46 billion generated by the four major U.S. professional sports, individually, it outstrips Major League Baseball ($10.9 billion), the National Basketball Association ($9.9 billion), and the National Hockey League ($6 billion). With Football generating $18-$19 billion dollars annually.

Anonymous said...

Is the measure of the activity the amount of money it earns?

Slavery earned a lot of money, at least for some people.

Lead in gasoline and paint earned a lot of money too.

More recently, pain killers like Oxycontin earned billions.

Anonymous said...

Randy, why did you permit @12:42? Is it because it's not threatening or whatever. Are you allowing nonsense to be posted?