Board Candidates 2018-08-17T12:10:24+00:00

Serving All

Being a Voice for Public School Students

Information and resources about becoming a school board member.

A wise choice: Serve on your local school board!

A school board member must be a U.S. citizen, a resident taxpayer of the district or voters of the district in urban districts, a resident of Missouri for at least one year and at least 24 years of age. WHO serves on a school board?

  • Interested citizens.
  • Community members.
  • Public leaders.
  • Active volunteers.

WHO should be on a school board?

  • Those who want to serve their community.
  • Those who want to advocate for public education.
  • Those who want to support the district’s schools and children.
  • Those who hope to initiate change.

WHO is impacted by the school board?

  • The district.
  • The children.
  • The parents.
  • The community.

Be WHO you are. Be a school board member.


Missouri School Boards’ Association

“I am a fierce advocate for public education as I truly believe it is the only hope many of our children have for a better way of life.”

“I serve to give every child the opportunity for a quality education because it’s not only about the quality education system we have built, but the quality citizens we have encouraged to go forward.”

“I might not have taken the path to serve on the board if it weren’t for my parent volunteer days opening cans of tomatoes for a PTA chili supper.”

Who is a school board member?

With nearly 60 years of working with school boards, common traits among school board members emerge. School board members develop skills over time through experience and continued training. A school board member is…

  • passionate about public education.
  • motivated by the best interests of all kids.
  • committed to listen and collaborate.
  • trusting in the democratic process.
  • engaged with board business and training.

Fundamental roles of school boards

Schools are large organizations and everyone in the community plays a role, but the school board:

  • Visualizes and clarifies district purpose.
  • Observes and monitors district progress.
  • Implements policy and budget.
  • Connects with community.
  • Employs the superintendent.

Qualifications of school board members

  • Must be a U.S. citizen;
  • A resident taxpayer of the district or in urban districts, a voter of the district;
  • A resident of Missouri for at least one year and at least 24 years of age;
  • Current on state and local taxes;
  • Have not been found guilty of or pled guilty to a felony under Missouri or federal law;
  • Am not registered or required to register as a sex offender;
  • Have filed required campaign documents for all previous campaigns, if any.

School Board Candidate Starter Kit

Download a printed handout to share.
Instructions: Print double sided. Fold in half, then half again.

School Board Meeting Information Card 4-up
Instructions: Print. Cut in half, then half again. Complete the card with your school board meeting information.

Send both pieces in a 4 x 6 envelope to a potential board candidate.

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