Barbara Fine

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Barbara Fine
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Board member, Wentzville Board of Education, At-large
Term ends
Elections and appointments
Last electionApril 8, 2014
First electedApril 8, 2014
Next general2017
Term limitsN/A
ProfessionRetired educator
Barbara Fine is the member-elect for an at-large position on the Wentzville R-IV school board in Missouri. She won in the general election against two incumbents and five fellow challengers on April 8, 2014.


Fine has a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education and a Master’s degree in Child Development and Family Relations. She spent 28 years as a teacher and is now retired. She currently spends her time volunteering and tutoring.[1]



See also: Wentzville R-IV School District elections (2014)


Barbara Fine was opposed by two incumbents and five fellow challengers for the three at-large seats on April 8, 2014.


Wentzville R-IV School District, At-Large General Election, 3-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngCourtney Tieman Incumbent 17.1% 2,925
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBarbara Fine 15.1% 2,585
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKenneth Mayer 14.8% 2,545
     Nonpartisan Heather Reiter Incumbent 14.1% 2,422
     Nonpartisan Marcos Chu 12.4% 2,133
     Nonpartisan Ron Lares 12.3% 2,116
     Nonpartisan Angie Ward 7.7% 1,320
     Nonpartisan Rick Glidewell 6.4% 1,102
Total Votes 17,148
Source: Joe Millitzer, Fox 2 News, "Results for the April 8th Missouri general municipal election," April 8, 2014 These election results are unofficial. They will be updated once certified election results are available.


Fine did not file a campaign finance report with the Missouri Ethics Commission for this election.[2]


Fine was endorsed by the Missouri National Education Association.[3]

Campaign themes

Fine stated the following as her campaign themes:[1]

I want to be on the Board of Education in the Wentzville School District to insure that every decision made is in the best interest of the students. As educators, we are always looking for the best way to make a difference for each and every one of our students. There can be all kinds of mandates from the state and above, but in the final analysis, it is interaction between the students and their teachers in the classroom that make the biggest difference. These daily encounters will determine how each child experiences school, and can play a major role in determining the success a child has in life. It is a huge undertaking to educate a child and no one can do it alone. Parents, administrators, teachers, and the students themselves all play an important role in this process. The BOE is charged with making sure that every child in the district has a chance to excel. every child in the district has a chance to excel. As a member of the board, I will use my years of experience to do all in my power to support the wonderful educational accomplishments Wentzville has made so far. At the same time, I will be constantly looking for new and improved ways to educate our students by not only meeting their academic needs, but by providing them with opportunities for social and emotional growth. If we instill in our children the desire to become life-long learners we will secure our democratic society.

Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.

What was at stake?

Three seats on the Wentzville R-IV school board were up for general election on April 8, 2014. Incumbent Courtney Tieman and newcomers Barbara Fine and Kenneth Mayer triumphed over incumbent Heather Reiter and challengers Marcos Chu, Ron Lares, Angie Ward and Rick Glidewell for the three at-large seats. Incumbent Terry Ratcliff did not file for re-election of his seat.

About the district

See also: Wentzville R-IV School District, Missouri
Wentzville R-IV School District is located in St. Charles County, Missouri
Wentzville R-IV School District is located in St. Charles County, Missouri. The county seat of St. Charles County is St. Charles. The county's population was 360,485 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[4]


St. Charles County outperforms the rest of Missouri in terms of higher education attainment, median income and poverty rate. The 2010 U.S. Census found that 34.9% of St. Charles County residents over 25 years old held undergraduate degrees compared to a 25.8% rate for the state of Missouri. St. Charles County had a median income of $71,416 in 2010 compared to $47,333 for Missouri. The poverty rate for St. Charles County was 5.4% in 2010 compared to a 10.5% rate for the rest of the state.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2010[4]
Race St. Charles County (%) Missouri (%)
White 91.2 82.8
Black or African American 4.4 11.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.5
Asian 2.3 1.6
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.7 2.1
Hispanic or Latino 3.0 3.5

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[5]

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