Joplin School Superintendent CJ Huff announced Thursday (5/28) that he's retiring. He'll stay on board until the end of June. Huff tells News Talk KZRG he's been thinking about retirement for a few months.
"Obviously, the last four years have been difficult. I've been having a lot of conversations with my wife and kids about this possibility for a while and....it's just time. I'm tired. I think the District's in a position at this point where it can move forward in a positive and progressive way."
It's been a turbulent week for the Joplin School District, with Huff's upcoming retirement and School Board members Randy Steele and Mike Landis resigning, as well as a lawsuit filed against the District regarding a middle school field trip. Huff says none of this week's events was a tipping point leading to his retirement. "It seems like every month, we've had two or three really difficult decisions that had to be made, that were what I call 100 year decisions that are going to impact this community for a long, long time. And so when you have those kind of decisions to make, and when you have that burden, that's going to create controversy and that's just natural."
Huff says he wants to spend more time with his family.
For the second time in as many days, a Joplin School Board member has resigned. Michael Landis turned in his letter of resignation Thursday (5/28). In that letter, he wrote "during the past year, it has become obvious the Board is turning in a direction that is not in the best interest of the kids of Joplin Schools." Landis has been on the School Board since 2001. If his resignation is accepted, that would make three openings on the seven member board. Randy Steele resigned Wednesday (5/27) and the Board is still trying to fill a spot that has been vacant since Lane Roberts said he would not be able to fill the position he was elected to in April.