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Madondo files for seat on Jefferson City School Board

by Anna Campbell | December 22, 2022 at 4:01 a.m.

A Jefferson City parent and school district graduate with experience working for the state is running for Jefferson City School Board.

Tapiwa "Felix" Madondo was born in Zimbabwe and moved to the United States at 11. He originally attended school in Raytown before coming to Jefferson City High School, from which he graduated in 1998. He attended college at Central Methodist University, State Fair Community College and Lincoln University, where he graduated with a degree in computer information systems.

Madondo has worked for the state government for the past 17 years and currently works for the Department of Revenue. His wife is a teacher in the district and his daughter is a junior at Jefferson City High School.

Madondo said he'd like to see changes within the district, particularly by placing an emphasis on recruiting and retaining staff.

"Our recruitment process -- could we start earlier? Maybe go to universities, look for maybe, let's say juniors, sophomores, right when they're deciding what they want to do," he said.

He'd also like to see mentorship programs that could encourage students to student-teach in Jefferson City schools.

He also wants to see a positive teaching environment within the district and maintaining safety for students. He said the district should work with parents and students to educate them about safety on social media and technology.

Madondo joins newcomer candidate Mike Harvey and incumbents Brad Bates and Scott Hovis. There are three three-year positions available. Incumbent Lori Massman is not seeking re-election.

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