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:: ''See also: [[Stipend scandal erupts in St. Joseph, Missouri]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Stipend scandal erupts in St. Joseph, Missouri]]''
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The [[St. Joseph School District, Missouri|St. Joseph School District]] and Superintendent Fred Czerwonka are under investigation by the [[Missouri State Auditor]], the Federal Bureau of Investigation and purportedly the [[U.S. Department of Education]] due to reports that the district is engaging in illegal accounting and hiring practices. 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 the deposit of any excess funds, including refunds from vendors. Czerwonka, 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. Superintendent Czerwonka has been nicknamed "The Candy Man" for his use of the stipends.  
 
The [[St. Joseph School District, Missouri|St. Joseph School District]] and Superintendent Fred Czerwonka are under investigation by the [[Missouri State Auditor]], the Federal Bureau of Investigation and purportedly the [[U.S. Department of Education]] due to reports that the district is engaging in illegal accounting and hiring practices. 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 the deposit of any excess funds, including refunds from vendors. Czerwonka, 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. Superintendent Czerwonka has been nicknamed "The Candy Man" for his use of the stipends.  
  
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Dr. Dan Colgan, a former superintendent and current school board member, has also been accused of participating in these employment practices. Colgan reportedly refused to allow the "Candy Man" stipends to continue while he was board president unless his son, Mark, received a promotion from district warehouse supervisor to technical director and a $15,527 raise. When contacted about the allegations, Colgan categorically denied them and insisted that they were both "false" and "absolutely ridiculous." In a written statement, Superintendent Czerwonka denied that any nepotism existed in the district and argued, "We do not discriminate based on an individual's name, last name, or who they are married to; we hire the best qualified candidate. The Board of Education hires and fires all employees. Board policy was followed accordingly. There are many spouses and relatives that work in the St. Joseph School District, one of the largest employers in the city."
 
Dr. Dan Colgan, a former superintendent and current school board member, has also been accused of participating in these employment practices. Colgan reportedly refused to allow the "Candy Man" stipends to continue while he was board president unless his son, Mark, received a promotion from district warehouse supervisor to technical director and a $15,527 raise. When contacted about the allegations, Colgan categorically denied them and insisted that they were both "false" and "absolutely ridiculous." In a written statement, Superintendent Czerwonka denied that any nepotism existed in the district and argued, "We do not discriminate based on an individual's name, last name, or who they are married to; we hire the best qualified candidate. The Board of Education hires and fires all employees. Board policy was followed accordingly. There are many spouses and relatives that work in the St. Joseph School District, one of the largest employers in the city."
  
In 2015, St. Joseph School District's property tax levy will sunset unless renewed by the community, which would result in less funding for the school district. NEA President Brockett believes that the distrustful atmosphere in the area will create problems for district administrators proposing an increase in the levy, stating, "The rage is palpable in the community and they’re not going to pass this levy with the current administration."  
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In 2015, St. Joseph School District's property tax levy will sunset unless renewed by the community, which would result in less funding for the school district. NEA President Brockett believes that the distrustful atmosphere in the area will create problems for district administrators proposing an increase in the levy, stating, "The rage is palpable in the community and they’re not going to pass this levy with the current administration."
  
 
==School board elections==
 
==School board elections==

Revision as of 11:51, 1 July 2014

K-12 Education in Missouri
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Education facts
State Superintendent: Chris Nicastro
Number of students: 916,584[1]
Number of teachers: 66,252
Teacher/pupil ratio: 1:13.8
Number of school districts: 572
Number of schools: 2,408
Graduation rate: 86%[2]
Per-pupil spending: $9,410[3]
See also
Missouri Department of Education
Missouri school districts
List of school districts in Missouri
Missouri
School boards portal
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Education policy project
Public education in the United States
Public education in Missouri
Glossary of education terms

Missouri is home to 572 school districts, 2,408 schools and 916,584 K-12 students.[4]

Quick facts

State school administrators

  • State Board of Education
    • Peter F. Herschend, President
    • Michael W. Jones, Vice President
    • Charlie W. Shields
    • Russell C. Still
    • Dr. O. Victor Lenz, Jr.
    • Joe Driskill
    • Dr. John Martin
    • Vacant

Statistics

The following table displays the state's top 10 school districts by total student enrollment and per-pupil spending per Average Daily Attendance (ADA).[5]

Student enrollment Per-pupil spending per ADA
1.) Springfield R-XII 1.) SSD of St. Louis County
2.) St. Louis 2.) Gorin R-3
3.) Rockwood R-VI 3.) Craig R-III
4.) Fort Zumwalt R-II 4.) Clayton
5.) North Kansas City #74 5.) Lesterville R-IV
6.) Hazelwood 6.) North Daviess R-III
7.) Lee's Summit R-VII 7.) Brentwood
8.) Parkway C-II 8.) Cowgill R-VI
9.) Francis Howell R-III 9.) Breckenridge R-1
10.) Columbia #93 10.) St. Louis

Demographics

See also: Demographic information for all students in all 50 states

The following table displays the ethnic distribution of students in Missouri as reported in the National Center for Education Statistics Common Core of Data for 2011-2012.[6]

Demographic information for Missouri's K-12 public school system
Ethnicity Students State Percentage United States Percentage**
American Indian 4,182 0.46% 1.10%
Asian 17,267 1.88% 4.68%
African American 153,711 16.77% 15.68%
Hawaiian Nat./Pacific Isl. students 1,470 0.16% 0.42%
Hispanic 44,581 4.86% 24.37%
White 680,249 74.22% 51.21%
Two or more 15,124 1.65% 2.54%
**Note: This is the percentage of all students in the United States that are reported to be of this ethnicity.

In the news

"Candy Man" stipend scandal in St. Joseph

See also: Stipend scandal erupts in St. Joseph, Missouri
FBI resident agent office in St. Joseph

The St. Joseph School District and Superintendent Fred Czerwonka are under investigation by the Missouri State Auditor, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and purportedly the U.S. Department of Education due to reports that the district is engaging in illegal accounting and hiring practices. 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 the deposit of any excess funds, including refunds from vendors. Czerwonka, 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. Superintendent Czerwonka has been nicknamed "The Candy Man" for his use of the stipends.

School board member Chris Danford blew the whistle on these practices in a Board of Education meeting on March 24, 2014. In public session, she stated, "It’s not the board’s money. It’s taxpayers dollars. I don’t represent the teachers. I don’t represent the administrators. I represent the taxpayers." Since that time, Danford acknowledged that several of those involved in the scandal were not happy that she had brought the issue to light. She stated, "A lot of them are mad at me because they think I’m the Candy Man murderer." At an April 2014 board meeting, Czerwonka acknowledged that the use of the stipends without board knowledge or approval created a "massive mess," but he also defended the stipends as necessary for talent retention and morale improvement within the district administration.

Former district Chief Financial Officer Beau Musser also helped to raise awareness of the stipends and hiring practices after uncovering multiple irregularities and district policy violations in his review of the district's accounts. The district has denied any wrongdoing. Four days after Musser approached the Board of Education's audit committee chair about these irregularities, Superintendent Czerwonka called Musser to his office and accused him of multiple instances of sexual harassment. In a wrongful termination lawsuit later filed by Musser, he states that Czerwonka offered to drop the sexual harassment allegations in exchange for his resignation.

St. Joseph Superintendent Fred Czerwonka, nicknamed "The Candy Man"

Local National Education Association chapter President Todd Brockett has also accused the district of nepotism in its hiring and promotional practices. Superintendent Czerwonka's wife, Wendy, is employed as the district's homeless coordinator, which was previously handled on a part-time basis by another district employee. The wife of Human Resources Director Doug Flowers, Tammy, received a promotion from early childhood coordinator to technical director. She received a $10,500 per year raise, although her job responsibilities did not change as a result of the promotion. The Czerwonka family and the Flowers family together account for approximately half a million dollars per year in salaries from the St. Joseph School District.

Dr. Dan Colgan, a former superintendent and current school board member, has also been accused of participating in these employment practices. Colgan reportedly refused to allow the "Candy Man" stipends to continue while he was board president unless his son, Mark, received a promotion from district warehouse supervisor to technical director and a $15,527 raise. When contacted about the allegations, Colgan categorically denied them and insisted that they were both "false" and "absolutely ridiculous." In a written statement, Superintendent Czerwonka denied that any nepotism existed in the district and argued, "We do not discriminate based on an individual's name, last name, or who they are married to; we hire the best qualified candidate. The Board of Education hires and fires all employees. Board policy was followed accordingly. There are many spouses and relatives that work in the St. Joseph School District, one of the largest employers in the city."

In 2015, St. Joseph School District's property tax levy will sunset unless renewed by the community, which would result in less funding for the school district. NEA President Brockett believes that the distrustful atmosphere in the area will create problems for district administrators proposing an increase in the levy, stating, "The rage is palpable in the community and they’re not going to pass this levy with the current administration."

School board elections

Upcoming elections

See also: Missouri school board elections, 2014

A total of 19 Missouri school districts among America's largest school districts by enrollment held elections in 2014 for 54 seats. Each district held elections on April 8, 2014.

Here are several quick facts about Missouri's school board elections in 2014:

  • The largest school district by enrollment with an election in 2014 was Springfield Public Schools with 24,730 K-12 students.
  • The smallest school district by enrollment with an election in 2014 was Park Hill School District with 10,307 K-12 students.
  • Kansas City Public Schools had the most seats on the ballot in 2014 with five seats up for election.
  • Five districts were tied for the fewest seats on the ballot in 2014 with two seats up for election in each district.

The districts listed below served 302,001 K-12 students during the 2010-2011 school year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.[7] Click on the district names for more information on the district and its school board elections.

2014 Missouri School Board Elections
District Date Seats up for election Total board seats Student enrollment
Blue Springs School District 4/8/2014 3 7 14,108
Columbia Public Schools 4/8/2014 3 7 17,550
Ferguson-Florissant School District 4/8/2014 3 7 12,236
Francis Howell School District 4/8/2014 3 7 19,981
Fort Zumwalt R-Il School District 4/8/2014 2 7 18,951
Fox C-6 School District 4/8/2014 3 7 11,690
Hazelwood School District 4/8/2014 3 7 18,655
Independence School District 4/8/2014 3 7 14,545
Kansas City Public Schools 4/8/2014 5 9 15,835
Lee's Summit R-7 Schools 4/8/2014 3 7 17,803
Liberty Public Schools 4/8/2014 3 7 10,936
Mehlville School District 4/8/2014 3 7 11,006
North Kansas City Schools 4/8/2014 2 7 18,764
Park Hill School District 4/8/2014 2 7 10,307
Parkway Schools 4/8/2014 3 7 17,458
Rockwood School District 4/8/2014 3 7 22,823
Springfield Public Schools 4/8/2014 2 7 24,730
St. Joseph School District 4/8/2014 2 7 11,709
Wentzville R-IV School District 4/8/2014 3 7 12,914


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