A teacher who has been with the Fort Osage School District for over 40 years and the current school board president have been elected to the two seats on the Fort Osage Board of Education Tuesday, while one incumbent lost his seat. Plus two incumbents will remain on the Blue Springs Board of Education.
Floyd “Coach” Hawkins, who recently retired after being a teacher for 41 years at Osage Trail Middle School, fulfilled his “lifelong adult goal” Tuesday night by being elected to the Fort Osage school board. He had 912 votes, or nearly 40 percent of the vote, while incumbent Diana Rice had 639 votes, or nearly 28 percent. Challenger Tim Brown had 480 votes, or nearly 21 percent, while incumbent Kelly Scott had 260 votes, or 11 percent.
“I am very honored to continue to serve the students and the community of Fort Osage,” said Hawkins. “It’s always been a goal of mine to serve on the board. Again, I am honored that voters continue to trust me with the students and the district.”
Incumbent Rice said she was elated on serving a fourth term on the Fort Osage school board.
“I am so excited and honored to another three years. I look forward in continuing to be apart of watching students grow and the exciting things upcoming for the district.”
Hawkins said the school board is already in good shape, however, he hopes to bring “a lot of angles” from a teacher, administrator, parent and community member perspective to the board. Rice said she will continue to support the Fort Osage’s 1:1 Technology Initiative, “challenging and rigorous” curricula, and maintain quality teachers.
Scott could not be reached for a comment.
Blue Springs school board incumbents Jennifer Casey and Kent Bradford have each been elected to another three-year term. Current school board treasurer Casey won one of the board’s two open seats with 1,937 votes, or nearly 44 percent. Board president Bradford won the remaining open seat with 1,727 votes, or 39 percent. Challenger Antoine Jennings had 708 votes, or 16 percent of the vote.