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Blue Springs and Grandview pass school bond issues as board races mix old and new

Updated: 2013-04-03T04:00:38Z


The Kansas City Star

Board of education incumbents mostly ruled the day in area school districts, though voters ushered in newcomers in Hickman Mills and split a tight race in Raytown in final, unofficial election results Tuesday night. Bond issues in Blue Springs and Grandview passed with ease.

• Blue Springs: Voters approved a $20 million bond issue to strengthen building safety and security.

Eighty-seven percent voted for the measure, which does not increase annual taxes in Blue Springs but extends the payoff on current bonds. It needed a majority of four-sevenths, or about 57 percent, to pass. Most of the funds will add safety measures, such as secure entrances at several schools. Some funds will update science laboratories and media centers.

• Grandview: Cindy Bastian won her bid to return to the school board, where she is vice president. Michelle Shackelford also won a seat, succeeding Ann Fisher, who did not run again. Larry Lewis and Geoff Gerling came up short.

Voters also supported a $9 million bond issue, with 70 percent voting yes. It needed a four-sevenths majority to pass.

The bond, which does not increase current taxes but extends payment on district bonds, will fund security improvements, repairs and renovations throughout the district.

• Hickman Mills: Newcomers Shawn Kirkwood and Byron Townsend foiled the bids of former school board members Debbie Aiman and George Flesher to return to the board in a provisionally accredited district with a new superintendent, Dennis Carpenter.

• Liberty: Incumbent D. Scott Connor will return to the board and be joined by newcomer Andrew Roffmann. Also running were Bruce Cantwell, Mike Capria and James Freed.

• North Kansas City: Kevin Corlew defeated Dixie Youngers in a tight battle for the seat that Youngers gained by appointment two years ago. Also running were Paula Patillo and Mary Lee Morris.

• Park Hill: Voters re-elected incumbents Todd Fane and Susan Newburger, the board’s president and vice president, to fill new three-year terms. Sherri Scott, Jeffrey Goodwin and Edward Stephens fell short.

Voters also elected newcomer Matt Pepper to serve the remaining two years for a seat that Todd Burr was filling by appointment. Josh Blackman also ran.

Chris Seufert will retain the seat he had earned by appointment. He defeated Bobbi Woodward and Melinda Hardin.

• Raymore-Peculiar: Leo Anderson and Joe Anthuis retained their seats on the board. They beat challengers Tonya Long and Louise Large-Gurin.

• Raytown: In the night’s tightest race, incumbent Bobbie Saulsberry and newcomer Pam Arlund won the two open seats. Another incumbent, Rick Thode, appeared to be eight votes short in the final, unofficial count.

Saulsberry had 29 percent of the vote. Arlund had 27.5 percent with 1,746 votes and Thode had 27.4 percent with 1,738. Ken Grist garnered 15 percent.

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