The Meramec Valley R-III Board of Education is among 17 Missouri school boards earning the Missouri School Boards’ Association’s 2023 Governance Team Award. This prestigious award is based on the outstanding commitment of the school board and superintendent to ongoing professional development in effective governance practices. The award also recognizes their commitment to regional and statewide leadership and to active participation in legislative advocacy for public schools and the students they serve. Meramec Valley R-III board president, Mr. Matt Trower shared, “For the first time in Meramec Valley history, the Board of Education has received MSBA’s Board Governance Award. The Board has shown their commitment to the district and community by setting a high standard for the students and staff. We remain committed to our quest to make Meramec Valley a district of choice and this is just another step in that direction. We have a lot to be proud of, but we still have a lot of work to do.” 

The school board in each awarded district achieved the following criteria:  

  • The district is fully accredited. 

  • All seven school board members completed the Essential new board member certification from MSBA. 

  • All seven board members fulfilled the Refresher Training requirement for the current year through MSBA.

  • At least two board members attained the Advanced level of certification from MSBA.  

  • At least one board member attained the Master level of certification. 

  • At least a quorum of the board and the superintendent attended the 2022 MSBA Annual Conference and a regional meeting during the past year. 

  • A representative attended the 2023 MSBA Advocacy Day. 

  • A board member representative participated in MSBA’s Delegate Assembly. 

Meramec Valley R-III superintendent, Dr. Carrie Schwierjohn shared, “I am so proud of the hard work and dedication of our MVR-III Board of Education. They constantly strive to learn and grow in their service to our community, while remaining focused on our district mission of working together to do what’s best for our kids.” The MVR-III Board of Education was recognized during MSBA’s state-wide Summer Summit. The Missouri School Boards’ Association is a not-for-profit association that exists to help school boards ensure all students succeed.