Gunnar Hand

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Gunnar Hand
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Board member, Kansas City Public Schools, Sub-district 2
Term ends
Elections and appointments
Last electionApril 8, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
High schoolRockhurst High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Colorado
Master'sPratt Institute
ProfessionProject planner
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Gunnar Hand was a candidate for the Sub-district 2 seat on the Kansas City Public Schools school board in Missouri. Hand was unopposed for the Sub-district 2 seat in the general election on April 8, 2013.


Gunnar Hand is a project planner with BNIM Architects. Hand earned his Bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado and his Master's degree from the Pratt Institute. Hand is married to his wife Ashley and they have a daughter Genevieve. Hand is a member of the Armour Hills Homes Association, KCMO Neighborhood Advisory Council and the Kansas City Regional Transit Alliance.[1]



See also: Kansas City Public Schools elections (2014)


Gunnar Hand was unopposed for the Sub-district 2 seat in the general election on April 8, 2014.


Gunnar Hand was unopposed for the Sub-district 2 seat in the general election on April 8, 2014.


Hand did not report any campaign contributions or expenditures to the Missouri Ethics Commission.[2]


Hand received official endorsements from KCPS School Board President Airick Leonard West, Kansas City Council members Jan Marcason, Jim Glover, John Sharp, Scott Taylor and Missouri House Representative Jeremy LaFaver.[3]

Campaign themes

These campaign statements are available on Gunnar Hand's official campaign website.[4]

Enabling Administrative Achievement

How the Board governs is directly related to how the Administration does its job. The Board should set a vision and monitor the progress in the achievement of that vision. By building a working relationship with the Administration we can maintain a level of professionalism and create a supportive working environment founded in accountability and stability.


The Board needs to stay focused on graduating students that are aware of the world they live in, want to engage their community, and know how to implement change. Knowledge is critically important to build a solid foundation, but it is imperative to take that extra step and teach our students how to apply that knowledge to effect positive change.

Community Engagement

The success of the District rests in the hands of the entire community. The Board must grow and build new partnerships with businesses, non-profits, and neighborhood groups so to bring them into the effort of educating and supporting our students. Our City will never reach its full potential without a vibrant public school system.


The School District must think holistically about the operation and maintenance of its facilities. Healthy buildings create healthy minds and bodies. By making the places of learning in the District more sustainable, we can teach our students the value of environmental stewardship while saving taxpayers’ money in the process.

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

What was at stake?

Five seats on the school board were up for election on April 8, 2014. Sub-district 2 incumbent Gunnar Hand was unopposed. As a result, this election did not appear on the ballot.[5]

Issues in the district

Loss of accredidation

Kansas City Public Schools has been unaccredited since January 2012. The district has shown improvement over the last two school years and scored in the provisionally accredited range in August 2013. On January 13, 2014, the organization CEE-Trust presented a plan to the Missouri State Board of Education that would dismantle the district of Kansas City Public Schools. If implemented, Kansas City would be the home of an education system where each school earns independence within the system, each school would have its own board and each school would earn funding to choose its leadership, staff and curriculum. Schools would be administered charter school programs, nonprofit education agencies and foundations, neighboring school districts or community organizations.[6] Kansas City Public Schools presented a version of a plan that would allow KCPS to maintain administration over their school district. Their plan relies on a plan in which unaccredited districts enter into a performance agreement with the state school board.[7]

About the district

Kansas City Public Schools, Missouri
Kansas City Public Schools is located in Jackson County in Kansas City, Missouri. It is located in the second largest county in Missouri. According to the 2010 United States Census, Kansas City is home to 459,787 residents.[8]


Kansas City underperformed the state average in median household income and residents living below the poverty level. The United States Census Bureau found that 30.9% of Kansas City 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 Kansas City was $45,150 compared to $51,529 for the state of Missouri. The poverty rate in Kansas City was 18.8% compared to 15.0% for the entire state.[8]

Racial Demographics, 2012[8]
Race Kansas City (%) Missouri (%)
White 59.2 82.8
Black or African American 29.9 11.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5 0.5
Asian 2.5 1.6
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.[9]

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