|Board member, St. Joseph Board of Education, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||April 8, 2014|
|First elected||April 8, 2014|
|Profession||Real estate website owner|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Elections
- 3 Campaign themes
- 4 Issues
- 5 About the district
- 6 Recent news
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
- 9 References
St. Joseph School district is currently under state and federal investigations due to potentially illegal accounting and hiring practices by district administrators. The investigation is focusing on stipends issued by Superintendent Fred Czerwonka, who allegedly used a rebate from the district's insurance provider to distribute stipends to administrators without board approval. Additionally, Czerwonka, district human resources director Doug Flowers and school board member Dan Colgan also face accusations of using their positions to guarantee promotions within the district and raises for family members.
- See also: Issues
Prussman has spent the last 20 years involved in numerous PTA activities and also as a volunteer for the St. Joseph School District. Her appointments now include Missouri State PTA Treasurer, Executive Board member of the St. Joseph PTA Council and Chair for the Clarence J. Carpenter Memorial Fund Board. She is also the owner of a real estate website.
|St. Joseph School District, At-Large General Election, 6-year term, 2014|
|Source: Buchanan County, Missouri, "General Municipal Elections Official Results," June 20, 2014 (dead link)|
Hodges reported $3,000 in contributions and $414.31 in expenditures to the Missouri Ethics Commission, leaving her with $2,585.69 on hand.
Prussman did not receive an endorsement in this election.
|St. Joseph School District, At-Large General Election, 6-year term, 2012|
|Nonpartisan||Martin T. Rucker||21.1%||6,712|
|Source: Buchanan County, "Election Results 2012," accessed July 3, 2014|
Prussman's campaign website listed the following as her campaign themes for 2014:
|“||I would like to take just a few moments to say a few things. Would each of you close your eyes and share in my vision for the future of our community? First, I see our schools...modern, each a shining jewel. Ready for twenty-first century learning. A place where all students feel safe, happy and ready to learn. A place where they can be free of fear from being bullied. A place where they can dream big dreams and be taught the skills and confidence that will allow those dreams to become a reality.
—Lori Prussman website (2014), 
| Learn more about the scandal in |
St. Joseph School District...
The FBI probe
The rescinded suspension
The $2 million shortfall
The secret tapes
The ousted administrators
CFO Beau Musser
HR Director Doug Flowers
Trustee Chris Danford
Trustee Dan Colgan
2014 school board election
2015 tax levy renewal
Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Missouri State Auditor
Investigations into accounting and hiring practices
St. Joseph School District faces investigations by the Missouri State Auditor, the United States Department of Education and the Federal Bureau of Investigation related to stipends issued by Superintendent Fred Czerwonka. The superintendent, appointed in July 2013, allegedly used a rebate from the district's insurance provider to distribute $270,000 in stipends to 54 administrators without board approval. District policy requires a report to the school board and a deposit of any excess funds including refunds from vendors. Czerwonka, district human resources director Doug Flowers and school board member Dan Colgan also face accusations of using their positions to guarantee promotions within the district and raises for family members.
The flashpoint for these allegations was a school board meeting on March 24, 2014. Board member Chris Danford presented information she received from district residents about the stipends offered by Czerwonka. Beau Musser, the district's chief financial officer (CFO), also revealed that he received a list of stipend recipients from Flowers. Musser was placed on paid leave on March 28, 2014, after the superintendent presented him with several accusations of sexual harassment against district employees. The former CFO claims in a lawsuit against the district that Czerwonka offered to drop the harassment claims if he resigned from his position. During Musser's time as CFO, he found that the district could not account for 4,000 gallons of fuel, failed to follow bidding procedures for district vehicles and approved $189,000 in consulting fees without board approval.
About the districtBuchanan County, Missouri. St. Joseph is home to 77,147, according to the United States Census Bureau. St. Joseph School District is the 17th-largest school district in Missouri, serving 11,377 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year.
Higher education achievement
St. Joseph underperformed in comparison to the rest of Missouri in terms of higher education attainment. The 2010 U.S. Census found that 20.4 percent of St. Joseph residents over 25 years old held undergraduate degrees compared to a 25.8 percent rate for the state of Missouri.
Median household income
St. Joseph had a median income of $42,248 in 2010 compared to $47,333 for Missouri.
The poverty rate for St. Joseph was 18.4 percent in 2010 compared to a 10.5 percent rate 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.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "Lori + Prussman + St. + Joseph + School + District + Missouri"
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- St. Joseph School District
- St. Joseph School District elections (2014)
- Stipend scandal erupts in St. Joseph, Missouri
- St. Joseph's School District, "Board Installs New Members, Says Goodbye to Outgoing Members"," accessed April 16, 2014
- Lori Prussman for School Board, "About Me," accessed April 1, 2014
- Missouri Ethics Commission, "Campaign Finance Reports," accessed April 9, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Lori Prussman for School Board, "My Vision for Our Community," accessed April 1, 2014
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: St. Joseph," accessed February 5, 2014
- Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, "K-12 Enrollment: St. Joseph School District," accessed February 5, 2014
- Missouri Secretary of State, "Missouri Election Results," accessed June 30, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
|2014 St. Joseph School District Elections|
|Buchanan County, Missouri|
|Election date:||April 8, 2014|
|Candidates:||At-large: Jeff Bird • Kappy Hodges • Lori Prussman|
|Important information:||What was at stake? • Key deadlines • Additional elections on the ballot|