Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Joplin R-8 taxpayers pay $2,000 for speaker who says to ignore them

(From Sept. 25)
The Joplin R-8 Board of Education Tuesday night approved payment of $2,116 of taxpayers' money for a speaker who urged them to ignore those same taxpayers.

The bills paid by the board at its Tuesday night meeting, included one for that amount to motivational speaker Terri Tucker of Kimberling City, who was brought in to inspire the board at its retreat in June.

What the board got from that retreat was described in the Joplin Globe:

Among things that they said the district could have improved upon were the approach of school officials to the redistricting proposal, policy awareness among staff members, and that the district has relatively few counselors and nurses.Other items listed included not dealing with individual parent concerns and not intervening between parents and children, and not becoming involved in the district’s day-to-day operations.
Ms. Tucker's client list includes Dr. C. J. Huff, Bright Futures, and Joplin Chamber of Commerce.

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