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Action on several items crucial for next Joplin School Board meeting

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 No action was made at tonight's special Joplin School Board meeting due to a lack of quorum.

Officials say taking action on several items at the next board meeting will be crucial.

April 7 election results must be certified before a second election date can be scheduled to determine which union exclusively represents district teachers for collective bargaining.

The process of filling the board position Lane Roberts was elected to will also take some time.

His resignation must be formally accepted before any other action can be taken.

Officials estimate it could take up to three meetings to formalize a replacement.

The most pressing action that must be taken is to elect a new board president and vice president to give someone the authority to sign checks and keep the district operating.

"We really need to get the new board in place, and the president and the vice president elected, so we can carry on routine school business," said Norman Rouse, board attorney.

Officials hope action can be taken on all of these topics at the next board meeting on April 28.
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