Tuesday, January 22, 2008

BEAT BYTES: Psych Prof to Join School Board Race; Schnarre v. Parry for Hospital

Psychology Professor to File for School Board
Talk Show Host vs. Former County Commissioner for Hospital Board

1) Psychology Professor to File for School Board

BEAT BYTE (January 22, 2007) -- Ines Segert, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of Missouri, has publicly announced that she has filed for the Columbia School Board.

Segert and her husband Jan, an MU mathematics professor, have two sons in the Columbia Public Schools: a sophomore at Rock Bridge High School and a seventh-grader at Smithton Middle School.

A psychology department faculty member since 1990, Segert was recognized with a Psi Chi Outstanding Faculty Award in 2005 and an MU Arts & Sciences Purple Chalk Teaching Award in 2007. She received her doctorate in psychology and neuroscience from Princeton University, completing a post-doctoral fellowship at the UCLA Brain Research Institute.

"I am very pleased to let you know there will be a school board candidate filing later today that is very well-informed and sensible about the math curriculum at CPS," said local mathematics education advocate Michelle Pruitt.

Segert previously applied for the open school board position in May 2007, later filled by veterinarian Tom Rose.

(As of this writing, former Rock Bridge Elementary principal and Mo DESE employee Gale "Hap" Hairston has also filed for the Columbia school board).


2) Talk Show Host vs. Former County Commissioner for Hospital Board

BEAT BYTE (January 22, 2007) -- It will be former Boone County presiding commissioner Keith Schnarre against KFRU radio talk show host Fred Parry for a five-year seat on the Boone County Hospital board, the Columbia Missourian has reported.

Dogged by criticisms of an abrasive management style during his four year term on the county commission, Schnarre was defeated last year for a second term as presiding commissioner by Democrat Ken Pearson. A Centralia farmer, Schnarre told the Missourian he wants to add a voice for the large percentage of Boone Hospital patients come from rural areas.

Named 2006 Outstanding Citizen by the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, Parry founded Inside Columbia magazine and served as a long-time Columbia Housing Authority board member.

Parry won a narrow victory for the hospital trustee seat in 2003 during a heated and costly campaign that included an allegation of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) violations from his opponent, Faith Phillips. Phillips alleged that Parry had used his on-air position to advance his campaign, effectively violating a so-called "equal time" provision that is rarely enforced.

During his term, Parry was lauded for his work on the renegotiation of a hospital management contract with BJC Corporation.


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