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Petition Calling for Firing of Joplin School Superintendent Gets Hundreds of Names

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Joplin, MO -   An online petition, calling for the firing of  Joplin schools  superintendent C.J. Huff now has hundreds of names on it.  “Somebody needs to call this guy out," says Tina Carl. She's

The  creator of a petition calling on the school board to review superintendent  Huff's past actions and to  terminate his employment.

Carl says, "The thing that kind of put me in motion was the school board meeting where he bashed  Dr. Debbie Fort. That just did not seem like a very professional way to conduct oneself. He's our  employee."

The  board sitting before the most recent election reviewed Huff's performance and renewed his contract.

But petitioners say during the election,  Huff's on line post against a candidate, violated board policy on employees engaging in political activities.

Joshua Bard argues,"Coercion. April 4th he came out and spoke about Jennifer Martucci and what she had done a couple years prior  before an election and tried to sway votes."

The online petition at Change.org has more than four hundred names now and Carl says  more are added each day. There's also a C.J. Huff's Got To Go Facebook page.

The Missouri School Board's Association says a petition can't force action as the employment of a superintendent is quote" solely the responsibility of the board of education."

But the current president Jeff Koch says, "We should listen to our public. But in the end, it is a personnel decision and these matters will be taken care of in closed session. But I appreciate  the fact that people are interested enough  to come out and put their support behind something they believe in."

Koch ran for the board with concerns over student performance. That's a reason Jay Harrison is backing the petition.

He says, "There has to be results. This is a business of sorts. It's being  pilfered, wasted and squandered and what's gonna happen is  the people making decisions  have political aspirations. So they'll be gone.  They won't have to deal with turmoil years later. It's already been  shown someone wants to move on, so move on."

Carl doesn't expect a firing but wants some discipline of the district's top employee by the new board.

Carl says, "I think that they're geared toward straightening things  up and I have faith they will do the right thing."

    Tina Carl plans to present the petition to the school board once the vacancy left by Lane Roberts is filled.

     That way, all members will be able to consider it. For a link to the petition click here.

To read comments related to those signing the petition online click here. 

And for the facebook page click here.




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