Joe Jacobs

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Joe Jacobs
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Board President, North Kansas City Board of Education, At-large
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Last electionApril 8, 2014
Next general2017
Term limitsN/A
Joe Jacobs is an at-large incumbent on the North Kansas City school board in Missouri, where he is also Board President. He won re-election in the general election against challengers Brian Mercer and Dixie Youngers on April 8, 2014.



See also: North Kansas City Schools elections (2014)


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


North Kansas City Schools, At-Large General Election, 3-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJoe Jacobs Incumbent 37.6% 4,597
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDixie Youngers 36.3% 4,440
     Nonpartisan Brian Mercer 26% 3,181
Total Votes 12,218
Source: KSHB 41, "General Municipal Election," accessed April 8, 2014 These election results are unofficial. They will be updated once certified election results are available.


Jacobs did not file a campaign finance report with the Missouri Ethics Commission for this election.[1]


Jacobs was endorsed by both The Kansas City Star and the Missouri National Education Association.[2][3]

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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