Stan Bowlin, who has been a member of the Sedalia School District 200 Board of Education for the past 15 years, is withdrawing as a candidate for one of the two seats that will be available in the April election.
In a letter provided to media members at the conclusion of Monday night’s board meeting, Bowlin stated, “I am very sadly removing my name from the ballot as a candidate for the Sedalia 200 School Board due to a future conflict of interest resulting from future involvement with an investigations business.”
In a telephone conversation with the Democrat, Bowlin said he is a state-licensed investigator and plans to pursue that line of work.
“It’s a sticky situation,” he said. “It’s hard to explain. It’s a situation where by pursing internal types of investigations, you don’t know what you might get into.”
Bowlin said he currently has a “real estate project outside of town” that he is closing out, “so I need to do something else soon.”
Bowlin was first elected to the board in 1998.
“I ran for the school board in my son (Jason)’s memory,” Bowlin wrote in the letter. “He passed away very unexpectedly the day after Thanksgiving in 1997. He was a good student and he loved school and the students. I vowed in his memory to fairly and equally do everything I could for every student in the school district to help them obtain the very best education possible. I am proud to say that I have never veered off of that path.”
During his tenure, Bowlin served eight years on Missouri School Boards Association committees, including four years on the Education Legislative Policy Committee. In 2002, he was awarded Master School Board Member Certification by MSBA.
Board of Education President Dr. Jeff Sharp said: “Mr. Bowlin has been on the board for 15 years now, and he has been a good steward of the district. He has been very supportive of the fine arts, and has been an advocate for the band and choir. He always kept all of the students in mind. He made thoughtful comments and provided different perspectives.”
Bowlin did not mention his decision to withdraw from the race to his fellow board members or to district officials Monday night.
“I am surprised he is withdrawing at this late date. I am more surprised that he didn’t let us know about it at our meeting,” Sharp said.
Bowlin encouraged parents to consider filing today to run for the two seats — his and that of David Wolf, who is seeking re-election. Sedalia School District Foundation Alumni Committee Chair Diana Nichols also is running.
“Please, if you take your children’s education to heart, go to the school district administration office before closing time on Tuesday ... and sign up to run for the board of education,” he wrote. “It is a fascinating and very worthwhile opportunity.”
If no other candidate files today, the district will not have to hold an election and could save up to $17,000.
Bowlin said his work on the board “is a hard one for me to walk away from.”
“I love being on the school board, and I love doing stuff for those kids.” he said.