Lee's Summit R-7 Schools elections (2014)
Method of election
What was at stake?
Lee's Summit R-7 Schools
Jackson County, Missouri ballot measures
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Three seats on the Lee's Summit R-7 Schools school board were up for general election on April 8, 2014. Incumbents Terri Harmon, Chris Storms and newcomer Bill Baird triumphed over challenger Mark Ousnamer for the three at-large seats. Incumbent Jack Wiley, who is also vice president of the board, decided not to seek re-election.
About the district
- See also: Lee's Summit R-7 Schools, Missouri
Kansas City outperforms the rest of Missouri in terms of higher education attainment, but underperforms in median income and poverty rate. The 2010 U.S. Census found that 30.9% of Kansas City residents over 25 years old held undergraduate degrees compared to a 25.8% rate for the state of Missouri. Kansas City had a median income of $45,150 in 2010 compared to $47,333 for Missouri. The poverty rate for Kansas City was 18.8% in 2010 compared to a 15.0% rate for the rest of the state.
|Racial Demographics, 2010|
|Race||Kansas City (%)||Missouri (%)|
|Black or African American||29.9||11.6|
|American Indian and Alaska Native||0.5||0.5|
|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, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.
Method of board member selection
The Lee's Summit school board consists of seven members elected at-large to three-year terms. There was no primary election and the general election was held on April 8, 2014 for three seats. Two seats will be on the ballot in 2015.
Candidates began to file affidavits of candidacy on December 17, 2013. The filing deadline for school board candidates to get on the ballot in the general election was January 21, 2014 and the deadline for candidate certification was January 28, 2014.
- Bill Baird
- Owner, The Baird Group at Platinum Realty
- Graduate, Baker University
- Terri Harmon
- Owner, myVP, consulting practice
- Graduate, Augustana College
- Mark Ousnamer
- Engineer, educator
- Graduate, University of Arkansas and University of Missouri
- Chris Storms
- Niscayah, Inc., account manager
- Graduate, University of Central Missouri
|Lee's Summit R-7 Schools, At-Large General Election, 3-year term, 2014|
|Nonpartisan||Terri Harmon Incumbent||29.1%||62|
|Nonpartisan||Chris Storms Incumbent||23%||49|
|Source: Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners, "Official Election Results," June 19, 2014|
Bill Baird received a total of $925.26 in campaign contributions and did not expend anything, leaving him with $925.26 on hand. He was the only candidate to file a finance report with the Missouri Ethics Commission.
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What was at stake?
Three seats on the Lee's Summit school board were up for general election on April 8, 2014. Incumbents Terri Harmon, Chris Storms and newcomer Bill Baird triumphed over challenger Mark Ousnamer for the three at-large seats. Incumbent Jack Wiley, who is also vice president of the board, decided not to seek re-election.
Issues in the district
Lee's Summit R-7 Schools has been facing budgetary issues since the 2008-2009 academic year as a results of a loss in state and local funding. These restrictions included reductions in staff members in administration, instruction and support staff positions; one-year district-wide salary freeze; deferring of textbook purchases; activity fees for sports and other such costs. The district has since implemented cost containment in excess of $92 million from 2008-09 through the end of the 2013-14 school year.
The following dates were key deadlines for the Lee's Summit R-7 election in 2014:
|December 17, 2013||First day for candidate filing|
|December 24, 2013||First day for candidate filing (Kansas City)|
|January 21, 2014||Last day for candidate filing|
|January 28, 2014||Final certification date|
|March 12, 2014||Last day to register to vote|
|April 8, 2014||Election day|
Additional elections on the ballot
The Lee's Summit school board election shared the ballot with other municipal elections in Kansas City.
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- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Kansas City," accessed February 3, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Missouri Secretary of State, "2014 Election Calendar," accessed February 6, 2014
- Missouri NEA, "Recommendations," accessed April 8, 2014
- Missouri Ethics Commission, "Campaign Finance Reports," accessed April 9, 2014
- KC Education Enterprise, "No School Board Election This Year in the Lee’s Summit School District," accessed March 13, 2013
- Lee's Summit R-7 Schools, "Cumulative total is $92.5 million from 2008-09 through 2013-14," accessed February 3, 2013
|2014 Lee's Summit R-7 Schools Elections|
|Kansas City, Missouri|
|Election date:||April 8, 2014|
|Candidates:||At-large: Bill Baird • Incumbent, Terri Harmon • Mark Ousnamer • Incumbent Chris Storms|
|Important information:||What was at stake? • Key deadlines • Additional elections on the ballot|