School Board Recognition Week to be observed

Missourians benefit every day from the dedicated energies and countless hours devoted by a group of more than 3,600 men and women from communities across the state. These public servants are elected by local constituents and do not receive compensation for their tireless efforts. They are the local school board members of Missouri.

During the week of January 25 - January 31, 2015, communities across the state will honor the dedicated service of their local boards of education during School Board Recognition Week as proclaimed by Governor Jay Nixon. The goal is to build awareness and understanding of the important function an elected board of education plays in communities and schools. All Missouri citizens are asked to recognize the important contributions of these men and women and focus attention on the vital role these public officials play in the education of Missouri's children.

School Board Recognition Week Resources

Idea Sheet
Easy, no cost ideas to celebrate the week.

News Release
A statement to send to local media outlets.

Sample Resolution
Pass a local resolution to recognize school board members.

11 x 17 Promo Poster
Print and post.

School Board Recognition Week is sponsored by the Missouri School Boards' Association.


Randol named next MSBA Executive Director

   The Missouri School Boards’ Association’s Board of Directors has agreed unanimously to select Melissa Randol as executive director of the Missouri School Boards’ Association effective July 1, 2015. The Board of Directors made the decision at its meeting in Columbia on Saturday, July 12. Randol will succeed Dr. Carter Ward who is retiring as executive director effective June 30, 2015 after serving in that position for more than 30 years. Randol currently serves as MSBA’s deputy executive director and general counsel. She has been employed by MSBA for the past 20 years.

   “This was an easy choice for the MSBA Board of Directors. Melissa is a uniquely qualified and an incredibly talented individual who has tremendous passion for local boards of education and for public education in Missouri. She is the obvious choice to lead MSBA into the future and to build on the outstanding organization led so effectively by Dr. Ward for the past 31 years,” says MSBA President Doug Whitehead, a school board member from Jefferson City.

   “I am humbled and honored that the MSBA Board of Directors has selected me for this position. It is a tremendous responsibility and I look forward to ensuring that the Missouri School Boards’ Association continues the important work of helping local boards of education succeed in their critical role as education leaders in their communities,” says Randol.