Outstanding Boards2018-08-06T16:50:31+00:00

Outstanding Boards of Education

Outstanding Boards of Education Awards by the Missouri School Boards’ Association

MSBA’s Outstanding Boards of Education Awards, administered by MSBA’s Leadership Development Committee, provide an opportunity to encourage effective board practices and recognize outstanding board performance in the following performance categories aligned with the Missouri Public Education Vision Project focus areas:

School boards may apply in only one of the above categories per year to be considered for outstanding board of education performance. Click on the category title above to view the performance criteria.


Leadership Development Department
Phone: 800-221-6722, ext. 329
Email: training@mosba.org

2018 Recipients

View photos and applications of the Outstanding Boards of Educations for 2017.


Eligibility to Apply

School boards that meet the following criteria are eligible to apply, including those receiving prior OBOE recognition:

  • MSBA member district
  • All 7 CBM Essentially certified by MSBA or grandfathered by March 1 of the award year
  • Earn at least 85% on the district Annual Performance Report (APR) for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years.

Winners in one category may apply in another category in subsequent years. Winners may not apply in the same category two years in a row. Winners may apply in an awarded category five years after the award.

Click here for the list of school boards eligible to apply for 2018.

Boards needing to fulfill the requirement of having all board members CBM Essentially certified must do so by February 23, 2018. Click here for CBM Essential training registration information.

To Apply

Select one of the categories below to begin the online application. Save your completed application then email it to training@mosba.org by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 9, 2018.

Application Preparation

The board’s online application must demonstrate evidence of preparation by board members and provide evidence of how the board demonstrates the criteria for the category in which it is applying. Responses are limited to the space provided. Additional pages, including appendices, will not be accepted or considered. After completing the online application, save the file and email it to training@mosba.org no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 9, 2018. Late applications will not be reviewed.

Click here to view the 2017 OBOE award recipients’ applications.

Application Review

Applications will be reviewed by the MSBA Leadership Development Committee. Applications are rated according to the degree to which there is clarity of the outstanding accomplishment, congruence of the evidence and board responsibility with the accomplishment, and quality of the evidence as it relates to the criteria for the category. All boards of education that score sufficiently will receive recognition as Outstanding Boards of Education in the respective category. Some categories may not have winners every year.

Selection and Announcement of Winners

Boards selected for recognition will be announced through various media and events during and after the annual MSBA Leadership Summit in June 2018.

Commitment of Winners

The Outstanding Boards of Education in each category will assist MSBA in promoting effective governance practices by sharing their outstanding accomplishments through various MSBA communication channels, including but not limited to publications, media outlets and/or presentations at meetings and the MSBA Annual Conference.

Awards Timeline

March 9, 2018 Applications due
Late April Winners notified
June 2, 2018 Awards presented at Leadership Summit
September 27-30, 2018 Award winners present at MSBA Annual Conference