The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Local News

March 4, 2014

Interim superintendent named in Diamond after superintendent placed on leave

DIAMOND, Mo. — The Diamond Board of Education has placed Superintendent Trisha Wilson on paid leave and named an interim superintendent to lead the district for the rest of the school year.

Minutes of a board meeting held behind closed doors last Thursday note a unanimous vote to place Wilson on paid leave effective March 1. Another unanimous vote appointed Gene Rice as interim superintendent at $8,000 a month for four months.

“I look forward to working with the board, the faculty and the staff here,” Rice said by phone Tuesday of his new assignment.

He was asked how he was contacted about the job.

“The president of the board called me,” he said. “How my name surfaced, I don’t know. The rest is history.”

He said he didn’t remember the date he received the call.

Rice, 67, retired in 2006 from the Fair Grove School District. He had previously served as superintendent in Pierce City and in Morrisville. He said 36 years of his 37-year education career was in administration.

Diamond represents the fifth time he has served as interim superintendent since his retirement, he said.

A separation agreement signed by board President Jill Renfro and Wilson agrees to continue to pay Wilson’s annual $92,415 salary through Jan. 31, 2015. The agreement was signed on Feb. 13 by Renfro and by Wilson on Feb. 12. The latter was a date of a closed-door meeting at which the board voted to accept Wilson’s resignation.

A provision in the separation agreement states that anytime after March 1, either the board or Wilson could elect to place Wilson on paid leave with health insurance through June 30.

Renfro was asked at a Feb. 19 meeting who would be leading the district after March 1.

“Dr. Wilson is here until June 30,” Renfro said, with Wilson seated beside her.

Renfro on Tuesday didn’t respond to a request for comment sent to her through her school district email address.

No number could be found for Wilson since she isn’t at the district. She previously didn’t return calls seeking comment about the situation.


The separation agreement with Superintendent Trisha Wilson states that “differences have arisen” between the board and Wilson.

Text Only
Local News
  • State audit of Joplin School District begins

    Staff members from the state auditor’s office have begun their audit of the Joplin School District, Superintendent C.J. Huff said Monday. They are expected to be in the district four days per week for the next five to six months, or perhaps longer, until the audit is complete, Huff said.

    July 21, 2014

  • Burglary conviction draws shock prison time

    A Joplin man who received 120 days of shock incarceration time Friday in a drunken-driving case in Jasper County Circuit Court was assessed a concurrent sentence Monday in a burglary case.

    July 21, 2014

  • Mike Pound 2010.jpg Mike Pound: Family gatherings mirror circle of life

    The annual family gathering is getting bigger. There tends to be an ebb and a flow to most family gatherings. When you’re a kid, and especially if you’re a kid from a large Catholic family, the gatherings seem to be huge.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Carthage man pleads guilty in sexual abuse case

    A Carthage man pleaded guilty Monday to sexual abuse of a 12-year-old girl in a plea agreement that would cap the length of his prison term at no more than 15 years.

    July 21, 2014

  • Mike Pound 2010.jpg Mike Pound: Parents can get help with school supplies

    I don’t know much about demographics other than the fact that I no longer belong to a “targeted demographic.” When I was younger, I was bombarded by commercials and ads from companies that were trying to sell me things that I not only needed but wanted.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Cherokee County Commission accepts general counsel's resignation

    Kevin Cure, who has served as general counsel for the Cherokee County Commission since 2005, submitted a handwritten resignation to the board on Monday in the aftermath of a landfill controversy.

    July 22, 2014

  • Main Street TIF district study to begin

    A measure that allows the city to charge its $15,000 in administrative costs for studying a proposal to create a tax increment financing district on South Main Street was approved Monday by the Joplin City Council.

    July 21, 2014

  • 071714 Jasper Cty Dispatch1_72.jpg Area communities, Jasper County work to improve communications

    The first law enforcement officer to respond to a fatal shooting last November at Northpark Mall was from the Duquesne Police Department — not Joplin. Joplin police Chief Jason Burns said he wasn’t bothered by that. “We dispatch for them, and they had an officer close who could get there faster,” he said. “And getting help to people as quickly as possible is more important than jurisdictions.”

    July 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • New and old TIF districts on agenda for Joplin council

    Another tax increment financing district is being proposed for Joplin, this one along South Main Street. The area is close to the new Mercy Hospital Joplin that is set to open next year. RKS Development is seeking authorization from the Joplin City Council when it meets Monday night to prepare a request to establish a TIF district.

    July 20, 2014

  • AndraBryanStefanoni.jpg Andra Bryan Stefanoni: Family grows by one — a black Lab named Raven

    If you haven’t experienced the feeling of a tiny puppy in your lap at the end of a perfect July Saturday — hammock time, s’mores, leisurely walks, you know the kind — I highly recommend it. It is pure joy.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

Must Read


A state lawmaker who is one of two doctors in the Oklahoma Legislature is insisting that unaccompanied immigrant minors being housed at Fort Sill be quarantined. Do you think those kinds of measures should be taken?

A. Yes.
B. No.
     View Results
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter