(From July 23, 2013) More than 100 teachers who were staffing the classrooms in the Joplin R-8 School District during the 2012-2013 school year, approximately one out of every six, will not be there when school starts Thursday, August 15, but that problem has yet to be mentioned in the public meetings of the R-8 Board of Education.
Most of those who have left in the district, whether it was of their own accord, or with a good, hard shove from administration are being replaced by teachers who are in the classroom for the first time.
As has been noted numerous time on this blog, more than 20 teachers have left Joplin High School, including at least eight math teachers, while McKinley Elementary will almost an entirely new faculty, with reportedly only two or three remaining from last year.
This does not include the significant numbers of teachers who have been moved from positions they have held for years to unfamiliar positions, usually a first step to convince teachers it is time for them to leave the district.
Apparently, the Joplin R-8 bloodbath will continue following the 2013-2014 school year, and it won't be mentioned either at the board of education meetings or in the pages of the Joplin Globe.