|Board member, St. Joseph Board of Education, At-large|
|Board Vice President|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||April 3, 2012|
|First elected||April 3, 2012|
|Missouri House of Representatives|
|High school||St. Joseph's Central High School|
|Associate's||Missouri Western State University|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Elections
- 3 Issues
- 4 About the district
- 5 Recent news
- 6 See also
- 7 External links
- 8 References
St. Joseph School district is 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 give 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
Rucker graduated from St. Joseph Central High School and attended Central Wyoming College and Missouri Western State University. He currently works for the Silgan Container Corporation. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Trinity Missionary Full Gospel Church, the United Way Board of Directors and Inter-Serv Board of Directors. He also serves as a member on the Missouri Probation and Parole Board. Rucker is married and has four children. Two of his sons played professional football in the NFL.
Rucker was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in 2004. During his term, he served as Deputy Whip of the Black Caucus and Rural Caucus. He was also a member on the Special Committee on Education Funding and served on standing committees for agricultural policy, appropriations-education and senior citizen advocacy. He was also an unsuccessful candidate for District 34 of the Missouri State Senate in 2010.
|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|
Rucker did not report any campaign contributions or expenditures to the Missouri Ethics Commission.
- See also: Missouri State Senate elections, 2010
Rucker ran for election in the 2010 election for Missouri State Senate District 34. Rucker ran unopposed in the August 3 Democratic primary election and was defeated by Rob Schaaf (R) in the general election, which took place on November 2, 2010.
|Missouri State Senate, District 34 General election (2010)|
|Robert Schaaf (R)||31,743|
|Martin Rucker (D)||23,483|
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. 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.
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- St. Joseph School District, "Board of Education," accessed July 2, 2014
- Wikipedia, "Martin T. Rucker," accessed July 7, 2014
- Project Vote Smart, "Martin Rucker's Biography," accessed July 7, 2014
- Missouri Hose of Representatives, "Rep. Martin T. Rucker," accessed July 7, 2014
- Missouri Ethics Commission, "Campaign Finance Reports," accessed July 8, 2014
- Missouri Secretary of State, "Official Election Returns, State of Missouri Primary Election, 2010 Primary Election," August 24, 2010
- Missouri Secretary of State, "Official Election Returns, State of Missouri General Election, November 2, 2010 General Election," November 30, 2010
- 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