|Board member, Independence School Board, At-large|
|Years in position||5|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||April 8, 2014|
|Appointed by||Independence Board of Education|
|Profession||Founder, Fears Case-Harmon & Assoc, LLC|
Denise Fears is a founding partner and manager of Fears Case-Harmon & Assoc, LLC, an accounting firm. Fears is married to her husband and they have three children. Fears earned her Bachelor's degree from Graceland University.
Denise Fears and Blake Roberson defeated two challengers in the general election on April 8, 2014.
|Independence School District Board of Education, At Large General Election, 2014|
|Nonpartisan||Blake Roberson Incumbent||44.1%||6,067|
|Nonpartisan||Unofficial Write in Votes||0.5%||66|
|Source: Jackson County Election Authority, "APRIL 8, 2014 GENERAL MUNICIPAL ELECTION RESULTS," accessed April 9, 2014|
Fears did not report any campaign contributions or expenditures to the Missouri Ethics Commission.
Fears did not receive any official endorsements for her campaign.
What was at stake?
Two seats on the school board were up for election on April 8, 2014.
Issues in the district
Accepting students from unaccredited districts
The Independence School district remains undecided on whether it will accept students transferring from the unaccredited Kansas City Public Schools district. It is estimated that 9,000 students from KCPS will be seeking transfer outside of the district after the district lost accreditation in 2011. Independence has a contingency plan to work with the National Student Clearinghouse to assist in enrolling incoming students, assess classroom and school capacity limits and accommodate the influx.
About the district
- See also: Independence School District, Missouri
Jackson County outperformed the rest of Missouri in terms of higher education achievement in 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that 27.6 percent of Jackson County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.2 percent for Missouri as a whole. The median household income in Jackson County was $47,015 compared to $47,380 for the state of Missouri. The poverty rate in Jackson County was 17.4 percent compared to 15.5 percent for the entire state.
Note: Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" percentage, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off. Read more about race and ethnicity in the Census here.
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- LinkedIn.com, "Denise Frears," accessed February 19, 2014
- Missouri Ethics Commission, "Candidate Information," accessed February 13, 2014
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- Brandon Dumsky, Examiner.net, "School officials preparing for uncertain future," January 29, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Jackson County, Missouri," accessed February 3, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed April 22, 2014
- Missouri Secretary of State, "Missouri Election Results," accessed January 23, 2015
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
|2014 Independence School District Elections|
|Election date:||April 8, 2014|
|Candidates:||At-large: • Incumbent, Denise Fears • Blake Roberson • Ron Thornbury • Dennis Tharp|
|Important information:||What was at stake? • Key deadlines • Additional elections on the ballot|