|Board member, Liberty Board of Education, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||April 8, 2014|
|First elected||April 5, 2011|
|High school||Lindbergh High School|
|Profession||Employee, Monsanto Company|
Franz was born in St. Louis and graduated from Lindbergh High School. He attended classes at Southeast Missouri State University and after entered the police academy. He spent a large part of his career as a Kirkwood police officer. He was also a D.A.R.E. officer and taught grades 5-12 at Kirkwood schools and St. John Vianney High School. Currently, he works for the Monsanto Company, protecting the assets and the employees of the company. He and his wife, Karen, have been married for 30 years and have two children.
|Mehlville School District, At-Large General Election, 3-year term, 2014|
|Nonpartisan||Rich Franz Incumbent||14.2%||2,564|
|Source: St. Louis County, Missouri, "General Municipal Election Official Results," accessed June 20, 2014|
Franz did not file a campaign finance report with the Missouri Ethics Commission for this election.
Franz did not receive an endorsement in this election.
|Mehlville Board of Education, At-large, 3-year term, April 5, 2011, 2011|
|Nonpartisan||John Roland, Jr.||10.6%||3,177|
|Source: General Municipal Election, "St. Louis County, Missouri," accessed February 12, 2014|
What was at stake?
Three seats on the Mehlville school board were up for general election on April 8, 2014. Newcomers Venki Palamand, Jean Pretto and Samantha Stormer defeated the incumbent Rich Franz, as well as fellow challenger Randy Howard. Incumbents Mark Stoner and Elaine Powers had decided not to seek another term.
Issues in the district
In January 2014, it was announced that the Mehlville School Board was considering giving raises to teachers that met certain standards set by the Missouri School Improvement Program. Board member Elaine Powers stated that specific details had not been sorted out yet, but that it was being given serious consideration.
About the districtSt. Louis County, Missouri. The county seat of St. Louis County is Clayton. The county's population was 221,939 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.
St. Louis County outperforms the rest of Missouri in terms of higher education attainment, median income and poverty rate. The 2010 U.S. Census found that 39.8% of St. Louis County residents over 25 years old held undergraduate degrees compared to a 25.8% rate for the state of Missouri. St. Louis County had a median income of $58,485 in 2010 compared to $47,333 for Missouri. The poverty rate for St. Louis County was 8.3% in 2010 compared to a 10.5% rate for the rest of the state.
|Racial Demographics, 2010|
|Race||St. Louis County (%)||Missouri (%)|
|Black or African American||23.6||11.6|
|American Indian and Alaska Native||0.2||0.5|
|Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander||0.1||0.1|
|Two or More Races||1.8||2.1|
|Hispanic or Latino||2.7||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.
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- Sarah Flagg, Mehlville-Oakville Patch, "School Board Candidate Rich Franz Aims To Correct Financial Wrongs," March 9, 2011
- Missouri Ethics Commission, "Campaign Finance Reports," accessed April 9, 2014
- Staff report, CBS St. Louis, "Mehlville School District Considering Merit-Based Pay Plan," January 24, 2014
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: St. Louis County," accessed February 3, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
|2014 Mehlville School District Elections|
|Clay County, Missouri|
|Election date:||April 8, 2014|
|Candidates:||At-large: Incumbent, Rich Franz • Randy Howard • Venki Palamand • Jean Pretto • Samantha Stormer|
|Important information:||What was at stake? • Key deadlines • Additional elections on the ballot|