Tuesday, December 3, 2013

C. J. Huff: Putting people first matters

(From July 20, 2013)
In this stirring speech given Feb. 26 at the EBoard User Conference in Jonesboro, Ga. Joplin Superintendent C. J. Huff tells the story of how Joplin Schools bounced back after the May 22, 2011, Joplin Tornado.

At the 46 minute mark, he explains that "putting people first matters. Take care of our school family. People don't care how much you know. What they really want to know is how much you care."

The most important thing, he says, is "Our school family and what we need to do to take care of our people."

Does that include the more than 100 who have left the school district this year? Does that include the staff at McKinley Elementary, which has been almost entirely replaced as we prepare to enter the 2013-2014 school year?

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