Dixie Youngers

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Dixie Youngers
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Board member, North Kansas City Board of Education, At-large
Elections and appointments
Last electionApril 8, 2014
First electedApril 5, 2011
Next general2017
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sIowa State University
Master'sUniversity of Kansas
ProfessionStay-at-home mom
Dixie Youngers is the member-elect for an at-large position on the North Kansas City school board in Missouri. She won election in the general election against incumbent Joe Jacobs and fellow challenger Brian Mercer on April 8, 2014. Youngers previously served on the board from 2011-2013.


Youngers has her Bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University and her Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Kansas. She was previously a manufacturing engineer at Hallmark Cards and is currently a stay-at-home mom. She has served on numerous committees and councils throughout the community. She and her husband, Loren, have two daughters.[1]



See also: North Kansas City Schools elections (2014)


Dixie Youngers was opposed by fellow challenger Brian Mercer and incumbent Joe Jacobs for the two at-large seats on April 8, 2014.


Youngers received $1,512.45 in campaign contributions and spent $1,408.62, leaving her with $103.83 on hand. She was the only candidate to file a finance report with the Missouri Ethics Commission.[2]


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


North Kansas City Schools, At-large, 1-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKevin Corlew 38.5% 2,690
     Nonpartisan Dixie Youngers 34.4% 2,404
     Nonpartisan Paula Pattillo 19.7% 1,377
     Nonpartisan Mary Lee Morris 6.5% 454
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.9% 65
Total Votes 6,990
Source: Clay County, Missouri, "April 2013 General Election Official Results," accessed February 10, 2014

What was at stake?

Two seats on the North Kansas City school board were up for general election on April 8, 2014. Incumbent and Board President Joe Jacobs and challenger Dixie Youngers defeated challenger Brian Mercer for the two available seats. Incumbent Kevin Corlew initially filed for his seat, but withdrew after deciding to run for Missouri House District 14.[4]

Issues in the district

Year-round school

In November 2013, two North Kansas City elementary schools opted to implement year-round school in order to see greater achievement gains. Rather than getting a three-month summer break, students will get a few week break in May and July; the implementation process could begin as early as 2015. North Kansas City Schools will be the only district in Missouri to have year-round school.[5]

About the district

North Kansas City Schools is located in Clay County, Missouri
North Kansas City Schools is located in Clay County, Missouri. The county seat of Clay County is Liberty. The county's population was 221,939 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[6]


Clay County outperforms the rest of Missouri in terms of higher education attainment, median income and poverty rate. The 2010 U.S. Census found that 30.6% of Clay County residents over 25 years old held undergraduate degrees compared to a 25.8% rate for the state of Missouri. Clay County had a median income of $60,560 in 2010 compared to $47,333 for Missouri. The poverty rate for Clay County was 8.3% in 2010 compared to a 15.0% rate for the rest of the state.[6]

Racial Demographics, 2010[6]
Race Clay County (%) Missouri (%)
White 88.8 82.8
Black or African American 5.7 11.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 0.5
Asian 2.2 1.6
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.3 0.1
Two or More Races 2.4 2.1
Hispanic or Latino 6.2 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.[7]

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