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|Board member, Independence School Board, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||April 8, 2014|
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|
Tharp did not report any campaign contributions or expenditures to the Missouri Ethics Commission.
Tharp did not receive any official endorsements for his 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 districtJackson County in Independence, Missouri. It is located in the second largest county in Missouri. According to the 2010 United States Census, Independence is home to 116,830 residents.
Independence underperformed the state average in median household income and residents living below the poverty level. The United States Census Bureau found that 17.4% of Independence residents aged 25 years and older had attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 25.8% for Missouri as a whole. The median household income in Independence was $44,847 compared to $51,529 for the state of Missouri. The poverty rate in Independence was 16.1% compared to 15.0% for the entire state.
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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- 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, "Independence (city), Missouri," accessed February 7, 2013
- 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|