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Four Prominent Educators Appointed to the Missouri Lottery Commission

      

 

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon recently made two important decisions about the Missouri Lottery that could affect funding for Missouri public schools.

First, the governor required the Office of Administration (OA) to review the State Lottery Commission. Second, he replaced four Missouri Lottery commissioners and added a fifth. Of the five new commissioners, four have strong backgrounds in public education.

In July, Gov. Nixon ordered the OA’s comprehensive report of the Lottery’s earnings and expenditures with a careful eye on its voter-approved mandate to support schools. The report showed that the last three years (FY 2012 – FY 2014) have been the highest-earning years in the Missouri Lottery’s history, but that profit for education was down 7.4 percent.

Gov. Nixon is concerned. “The goal is not how many lottery tickets you can sell,” he told the St. Louis Post Dispatch in a phone interview. “The goal is how much money you can get to the classrooms of our state.”

In September, the governor announced the removal of the four lottery commissioners mentioned already, including the Commission’s chairman (and Gov. Nixon’s former law partner) Kevin Roberts, saying that it was time for a “fresh look” at the State Lottery Commission.

That “fresh look” will come from a retired public utilities administrator and four prominent educators. The four educators who have been appointed to the Missouri Lottery Commission are Dr. Terry R. Adams, Judene Blackburn, Dr. Phyllis A. Chase, and Paul Kincaid. The retired utilities administrator is John Twitty.

Adams, of Lake St. Louis, is a retired school superintendent in several Missouri school districts since 1987: Rockwood, Wentzville, Rolla, Central (Park Hills, MO), and Arcadia Valley. He was named Missouri Superintendent of the Year in 2012. (source)

Blackburn, of Waynesville, was superintendent of the Waynesville R-VI School District from 2006 through 2014 and was superintendent of the Halfway R-III School District before that. She has worked as an elementary and middle school principal, and was appointed as a commissioner for the State Council for Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunities for Military Children in 2011—a council on which she has served since 2008. (source)

Chase, of Kansas City, has worked in public education since 1971. She is a former superintendent of Columbia Public Schools, was the chief of staff of Springfield Schools, and acted as superintendent of the Kansas City School District as well. She currently works as the director of the Charter School Center at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. (source)

Kincaid, of Springfield, is retiring after 28 years as an administrator at Missouri State University, where he was most recently the chief of staff and assistant to the president for university relations. He has been active on the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. (source)

Twitter, a retired utilities administrator from Springfield, serves on the Board of Trustees of Drury University. (source)

The governor stated on his website on September 18th that the appointments have the business and education experience necessary to ensure that the lottery provides maximum benefit to Missouri’s public schools:

“The four Missourians I am appointing to the Commission today have extensive experience in business and education, and are uniquely qualified to provide strong leadership to ensure the state lottery provides the greatest possible benefit to our public schools.” (source) (Note: Ms. Blackburn was appointed after the Governor’s statement, which is why the statement refers to four—not five—appointees.)

The five appointees represent several regions of the state, as well as the Republican, Democrat, and Independent parties (two are Democrat, two are Independent, and one is Republican). All five appointments are subject to confirmation by the Missouri Senate.

Missouri Parent will continue to share information on how the Missouri Lottery Commission and its public mandate to support public schools is affected by the recent OA report and the Commission’s new appointees.

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