New Board Members

Missouri law (§ 162.203, RSMo.) requires all school board members to receive 18.5 hours of training within their first 12 months of service. MSBA’s CBM Essential Board Member Training fulfills this requirement and provides the foundation for becoming an effective board member. The training is free for all new board members but registration is required.

New Board Member Training

Make the most of your school board service with MSBA’s Essential Training for new board members.

CBM Essential new board member training is delivered in a blended format. A portion of the training is provided online through a web-based application. The remainder is provided in a classroom setting at locations around the state. A diverse group of presenters deliver the content based on effective board governance. The required content is addressed and includes sessions on:

  • Student Achievement
  • School Law
  • School Finance
  • Board Policy
  • Board Relations
  • Board Operations
  • Goal Setting/Strategic Planning
  • Advocacy
  • Communications
  • Prevention of Student Sexual Abuse

Registration is required. Registered board members receive access to the online training one month prior to the classroom training date. Earlier access will be provided upon request. Superintendents are welcome to attend with their new board member(s) as space allows.

Without training [a new board member] might be walking into difficulties without even knowing it. I appreciate the thoughtful guidance you offer and look forward to more education to maximize my contribution to the board.

– Stacey Albin-Wilson, Board Member, Ritenour


CBM Essential training meets the state requirement of 18.5 hours of training and is free for all new board members. A portion of the training is completed online while the remainder is provided in a classroom setting. Registration is required. Once you register for a specific classroom date, access to the online training will be provided approximately five weeks prior to the date selected, unless earlier access is requested.

Online registration will open April 7th.

Friday, May 15, 2020 – New Madrid
Friday, June 5, 2020 – Cameron
Thursday, June 18, 2020 – Springfield
Friday, July 17, 2020 – St. Charles
Friday, August 7, 2020 – Sedalia
Thursday, September 24, 2020 – Kansas City
Friday, October 16, 2020 – Hannibal
Friday, November 6, 2020 – West Plains
Friday, December 4, 2020 – St. Louis
Saturday, January 23, 2021 – Columbia
Saturday, February 20, 2021 – Columbia
Friday, March 5, 2021 – Rolla

View map of CBM Training Locations

View and download the paper registration form here

Those in need of accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act should call 800-221-6722, ext 329 at least 30 days prior to the session.