Ousnamer has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas and a master’s degree from the University of Missouri. In 1990, he founded an engineering consulting firm. He has three children who are currently students in the district.
|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|
Ousnamer did not file a campaign finance report with the Missouri Ethics Commission for this election.
Ousnamer did not receive an endorsement in this election.
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 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.
About the district
- See also: Lee's Summit R-7 Schools, Missouri
Jackson County outperformed the rest of Missouri in terms of higher education achievement in 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that 27.6 percent of Jackson County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.2 percent for Missouri as a whole. The median household income in Jackson County was $47,015 compared to $47,380 for the state of Missouri. The poverty rate in Jackson County was 17.4 percent compared to 15.5 percent 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 Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
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- Lee's Summit Tribune, "Ousnamer Files For R7 School Board," accessed February 11, 2014
- Missouri Ethics Commission, "Campaign Finance Reports," accessed April 9, 2014
- Lee's Summit R-7 Schools, "Cumulative total is $92.5 million from 2008-09 through 2013-14," accessed February 3, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Jackson County, Missouri," accessed February 3, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed April 22, 2014
- Missouri Secretary of State, "Missouri Election Results," accessed January 23, 2015
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
|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|