JOPLIN, MO.--- Joplin city leaders approve funding for mental health services in the school district. Tonight, council members unanimously agreed to give more than $300,000 from the Community Development Block Grant to the school district. This will allow administrators to hire eight employees to provide mental health services for students, teachers and staff. School officials estimate, 30 to 50% of kids and employees will benefit from the services.
Also tonight, the council decided to table a measure amending the classification and pay of some city jobs. Members voted six to three to table the issue until November 18th. The issue surrounded the creation of an assistant director to the Parks and Recreation Department. Some council members argued the position wasn't necessary, while City Manager Mark Rohr says the employee would take some of the responsibilities off his plate and allow him to do other jobs.
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