|Board member, Lee's Summit Board of Education, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||April 8, 2014|
|First elected||April 8, 2014|
Baird is the owner of The Baird Group at Platinum Realty. Prior to that he owned Infinity Realty, which he sold in 2011.
|Lee's Summit R-7 Schools, At-Large General Election, 3-year term, 2014|
|Nonpartisan||Terri Harmon Incumbent||29.1%||62|
|Nonpartisan||Chris Storms Incumbent||23%||49|
|Source: Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners, "Official Election Results," June 19, 2014|
Baird received a total of $925.26 in campaign contributions and did not expend anything, leaving him with $925.26 on hand. He was the only candidate to file a finance report with the Missouri Ethics Commission.
What was at stake?
Three seats on the Lee's Summit school board were up for general election on April 8, 2014. Incumbents Terri Harmon, Chris Storms and newcomer Bill Baird triumphed over challenger Mark Ousnamer for the three at-large seats. Incumbent Jack Wiley, who is also vice president of the board, decided not to seek re-election.
Issues in the district
Lee's Summit R-7 Schools been facing budgetary issues since the 2008-2009 academic year as a results of a loss in state and local funding. These restrictions included reductions in staff members in administration, instruction and support staff positions; one-year district-wide salary freeze; deferring of textbook purchases; activity fees for sports and other such costs. The district has since implemented cost containment in excess of $92 million from 2008-09 through the end of the 2013-14 school year.
About the district
Kansas City outperforms the rest of Missouri in terms of higher education attainment, but underperforms in median income and poverty rate. The 2010 U.S. Census found that 30.9% of Kansas City residents over 25 years old held undergraduate degrees compared to a 25.8% rate for the state of Missouri. Kansas City had a median income of $45,150 in 2010 compared to $47,333 for Missouri. The poverty rate for Kansas City was 18.8% in 2010 compared to a 15.0% rate for the rest of the state.
|Racial Demographics, 2010|
|Race||Kansas City (%)||Missouri (%)|
|Black or African American||29.9||11.6|
|American Indian and Alaska Native||0.5||0.5|
|Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander||0.2||0.1|
|Two or More Races||3.2||2.1|
|Hispanic or Latino||10.0||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.
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- The Baird Group, "Profile," accessed February 11, 2014
- Missouri Ethics Commission, "Campaign Finance Reports," accessed April 9, 2014
- Missouri NEA, "Recommendations," accessed April 8, 2014
- Lee's Summit R-7 Schools, "Cumulative total is $92.5 million from 2008-09 through 2013-14," accessed February 3, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Kansas City," accessed February 3, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
|2014 Lee's Summit R-7 Schools Elections|
|Kansas City, Missouri|
|Election date:||April 8, 2014|
|Candidates:||At-large: Bill Baird • Incumbent, Terri Harmon • Mark Ousnamer • Incumbent Chris Storms|
|Important information:||What was at stake? • Key deadlines • Additional elections on the ballot|