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The Board of Education is a representative body elected by the registered voters of the Gainesville R-V School District of Ozark County. It is the purpose and the role of the Board of Education to exercise general supervision over the schools of the district, and to ensure that the schools are maintained as provided by the state statues, the rules and procedures of the Missouri State Board of Education and/or the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, and the policies, rules and procedures of the school district.  In addition, the Board is accountable to the electorate, and shall be responsive to the educational needs and the imposed financial constraints of the district. In conducting its various functions as the legislative and policy-making authority for the district, the Board recognizes the following general responsibilities as paramount:

  • Legislative and Policy Making
  • Executive
  • Appraisal
  • Provision of Financial Resources
  • Public Relations

Candidates for the Board of Education shall be citizens of the United States and resident taxpayers of the Gainesville R-V School District for a minimum of one year immediately preceding election. 

Candidates shall be at least 24 years of age.

Candidates cannot be delinquent in the payment of any state income taxes, personal property taxes, municipal taxes or real property taxes on their place of residence. 

Also, if candidate is a past or present corporate officer of any fee office, they must verify that the office does not owe any taxes to the state. 

Candidates are required by law to file an affidavit stating these facts with the Missouri Department of Revenue.

Board members initially elected or appointed after August 28, 1993, in addition to the other qualifications listed in this policy, are required by law to successfully complete orientation and training requirements within one (1) year of the date of the election or appointment. 

The orientation and training shall consist of at least 16 hours with the cost of such training to be paid by the district.  All programs providing the orientation and training required under the provisions of this section shalll be offered by a statewide association organized for the benefit of members of Boards of Education or be approved by the State Board of Education.

A Board member is a "public servant" under the Missouri Criminal Code provisions regarding bribery, acceding to corruption, official misconduct and misuse of official information.