Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Former Columbia Elementary principal files for Joplin R-8 Board
She announced her candidacy on her Facebook page:
Today was the day! I am officially a candidate for The Joplin Schools Board of Education. I promise to always be available for any questions patrons may have. Here is some background information about me as I begin this process:
Lori Musser is a veteran educator, having served the Joplin School District for twenty-two years. She was principal of Columbia Elementary School when she retired in 2012. Under her tenure at Columbia, Lori, along with Columbia teachers and staff, led the effort to dramatically improve test scores and they were awarded the Gold Star School Award by the State of Missouri and also received the “Blue Ribbon Distinction” award granted by the US Department of Education. They were also recognized as a Top Ten Most Improved School by the State of Missouri. These awards, and countless hours of commitment to Joplin students, show that Lori has the background to truly represent academic excellence if elected to the Board.
If elected, Lori promises to use “old fashioned” common sense in all decisions, control spending, vote no on any tax increases, focus on retaining high quality teachers and staff, and will always be available to patrons to ensure communication is fluid.
After twenty-five years of service in public schools, Lori now serves students at Missouri Southern State University as the Coordinator of Disability Services.
Lori is very active in the Operation Fairy Godmother program that serves local high school boys and girls and is also hoping to serve more children by becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer in the near future.
Lori earned her Bachelor of Science in Education degree at Missouri Southern State University, her Master of Science in Counseling degree from Missouri State University, and Education Specialist in Administration degree from Missouri State University.
Lori has been married to her husband, Kevin, for thirty-four years. Together they have raised their two children and now enjoy their two grandchildren. Lori attends Carterville Christian Church.