|Board member, Lee's Summit Board of Education, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Next general||April 8, 2014|
|Bachelor's||University of Arkansas|
|Master's||University of Missouri|
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.
As of February 11, 2014, Ousnamer has not filed a campaign finance report with the Missouri Ethics Commission.
As of February 11, 2014, Ousnamer has not received an endorsement in this election.
What's at stake?
Three seats on the Lee's Summit school board are up for general election on April 8, 2014. Newcomers Bill Baird and Mark Ousnamer will face off against incumbents Terri Harmon and Chris Storms 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
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.