Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Anne Sharp to teachers: Please help me win re-election
Anne Sharp, who is battling Jeff Koch and Lane Roberts for one of the two three-year positions available this year, has texted R-8 teachers asking for their help with her campaign.
Of course, that puts them in an unenviable situation since Sharp in her position as a board member has a say on matters that affect the teachers individually and collectively.
During the 2014 board race, President Jeff Flowers and favored candidates, including current board members Randy Steele and Shawn McGrew, held a slumber party inside the Administration, using the board president's key for access that other board candidates would not have had, so that their names would be the first on the ballot.
Flowers also violated a state law by promising to give unused campaign money to the Joplin School Foundation.
Flowers was defeated in his effort for a fourth three-year term.
Last year, just before the election, a mailing was sent, at taxpayers' expense, telling of all "the good things" that were going on in the Joplin R-8 School District. One of the key features of the mailing was a message from Jeff Flowers. Is such a mailing being planned this year with Anne Sharp telling patrons (i. e. voters) of all "the good things" that have gone on in the past year?
Sharp is the longest-serving board member, having won her first term in 2000.