Governance, Leadership & Accountability

Education is a complex business. Schools are democratic institutions owned by the people but impacted by several layers of governance, leadership, and management at the federal, state, and local levels. At each level, various entities have the power to enhance the educational program that schools and school districts are able to provide, or to create conditions that detract from the delivery of quality education for every child. Because of their power and influence, agencies, organizations, and individuals with governance and leadership responsibilities for public education must be accountable for how effectively each carries out its respective roles. Understanding those roles—and how they interrelate as well as how they differ—is crucial to ensuring the quality governance, leadership, and accountability Missouri’s students and schools deserve.

This component identifies and describes the governance, leadership, and accountability elements that are essential for Missouri’s educational system to provide the state’s children a world-class education that prepares them for learning, work, and life in a global society.

Planning Group




Stephen Kleinsmith
Nixa R-II Co-Chair/Superintendent
Dave Wright
Blue Springs R-IV
Co-Chair/Board Member
David Lineberry
MSBA Facilitator
Mark VanZandt DESE Liaison
John Cary St. Louis Co. Special Superintendent
Mona Coleman Bolivar R-I Board Member
Larry Felton Mehlville R-IX Board Member
Christopher Gaines Wright City R-II Superintendent
Randy George Meramec Valley R-III Superintendent
George Koontz Scotland Co. R-I Board Member
Brad McLaughlin Lexington R-V Superintendent
Charles Moore Fayette R-III Board Member
Paul Nenninger Cape Girardeau 63 Board Member
Bryan Prewitt Albany R-III Superintendent
Mike Rosenbohm Nodaway-Holt R-VII Board Member
Steve Shelton Raytown C-2 Superintendent
Chris Small New Bloomfield R-III Superintendent
Jennings Wilkinson Woodland R-IV Superintendent

Guiding Principles

Effective education governance requires a collaborative, strategic vision for pre-k-20 education that engages all stakeholders.

Students and society benefit from effective education governance that demands and guarantees learning.

Public education is a critical factor in economic development, a democratic society and quality of life.

Effective education leaders govern with integrity and ethical behavior.

All stakeholders in public education are accountable for their actions and outcomes.

Good education decisions depend on information that is timely, accurate, relevant, available on demand, and that helps guarantee learning.

Changes in global society demand changes in public education

The following topics/ideas were group-identified for consideration as additional principles or for consideration during the findings process

High expectations

Accountability at all levels


Continuous Improvement

Board/Superintendent partnership