Joplin Board of Education approves $95,000 change order to correct color of some high school gym seats

Joplin Board of Education approves $95,000 change order to correct color of some high school gym seats
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Joplin resident Deedra Biggers has five sons, four who attend Joplin public schools.

She is concerned about money the school district proposes to spend to fix an issue with the royal blue color some of the seats in the high school gym.

“Is it necessary for education, or is it just a cosmetic?” said Biggers.

The royal blue was supposed to be navy.

Superintendent CJ Huff says this has been a concern, as it does not reflect the school’s colors.

“It’s just the wrong color of blue, in the gym currently, and we want to try and correct that,” said Huff.

He said it would have been too costly to ship the seats back when they were first received.

“There’s restocking fees, there’s shipping fees associated with that. And when you the cost benefit analysis of that, it was in our own best interest to try the seats on the front end and if we didn’t like them then to try to remediate them on the backside.”

On Tuesday, Huff proposed a $95,000 change order to the school board, which would be funded by the capital outlay for the school projects.

But he says the district is working to keep costs well below this figure by using some seats in other facilities and selling some to other school districts.

“We feel pretty confident that we’re going to get as close to zero as possible as we wrap up this project,” said Huff.

But Biggers says she is still concerned.

“I don’t understand what the baring seats have on education,” she said. “It’s not going to improve education. It’s not going to improve athletics.”

On Tuesday, the board voted to move ahead with the change order.