About the Board

  • Fort Osage is governed by a seven-member Board of Education. Operating within the legal parameters of the state and federal constitutions, the Board is charged with the responsibility of providing the finest educational program possible for the students in the district. Board of Education members make all final decisions regarding school district priorities, policies, personnel, expenditures, and growth management. The Board adopts a budget annually which is necessary to maintain and operate the schools, levy taxes to support the budget, and submit bond issues to the citizens of the district to finance construction projects.

    Board of Education Members

    Mr. Floyd Hawkins, President
    Mrs. Sharon Dankenbring, Vice-President
    Mr. Tim Brown, Member
    Mrs. Diana Rice, Member
    Mr. Kelly Scott, Member
    Mr. David Shrout, Member
    Mr. Gary Thompson, Member

     The Board of Education meets at 7:00 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at the Gragg Administrative Office located on the district's main campus at the juncture of Highways 24 and 7.  

    Addressing the Board

    If you would like to speak at a board meeting, you must fill out a ‘Request for Public Participation’ card before the meeting begins.   Cards are available at the meeting location.  If you have documents you would like to provide board members, please give them to the Board Secretary before the meeting begins in order for them to be distributed to Board members.  

    During the ‘Public Participation’ portion of the meeting, you will be called forward by the Board President.  As stated on the card, a total of 20 minutes is allotted for Public Participation during each board meeting.  The Board President may need to limit individual speakers time depending on the number of individuals wishing to speak.  As a valued stakeholder, your comments will be given respectful attention.  Board members may ask questions to clarify your comments, but will generally refrain from further discussion as the monthly business meeting is not the venue for extensive discussion or debate.  The Board will take your comments under advisement.  In certain situations, a district employee may be directed to follow up with you in order to gather additional information or provide a resolution to the issue.   

    2020-21 Board Meeting Dates:

    July 14, 2020  *Public seating will be limited in order to remain in compliance with Jackson County's COVID-19 guidance plans.  Closed Executive Session addressing Personnel, Legal and Real Estate Matters will be held.

    July 21, 2020 5pm - Special Session  *Public seating will be limited in order to remain in compliance with Jackson County's COVID-19 guidance plans

    August 11, 2020  *Public seating will be limited in order to remain in compliance with Jackson County's COVID-19 guidance plans.  Closed Executive Session addressing Personnel, Student and Real Estate Matters will be held.

    August 21, 2020  5pm - Closed Executive Session - Legal and Personnel Matters - CANCELLED

    August 25, 2020  4pm - Special Closed Executive Session - Legal and Personnel Matters

    September 8, 2020 *Public seating will be limited in order to remain in compliance with Jackson County's COVID-19 guidance plans.  Closed Executive Session addressing Personnel, Student, Legal and Real Estate Matters will be held.

    September 23, 2020 Special Work Session/Public Tax Rate and Board Manual Review - *Public seating will be limited in order to remain in compliance with Jackson County's COVID-19 guidance plans

    October 13, 2020  *Public seating will be limited in order to remain in compliance with Jackson County's COVID-19 guidance plans.  Closed Executive Session addressing Student, Legal, Personnel and Real Estate Matters will be held.

    November 10, 2020 *Public seating will be limited in order to remain in compliance with Jackson County's COVID-19 guidance plans.  Among the matters to be considered and acted upon will be a Resolution authorizing the issuance of a series of the Disrict's General Obligation Refunding Bonds for the purpose of refunding general obligation bonds previously issed by the District.  This refunding will result in interest cost savings for the District.  Closed Executive Session addressing Legal, Real Estate, and Personnel Matters will be held.

    December 8, 2020

    January 12, 2021

    February 9, 2021

    March 9, 2021

    April 13, 2021

    May 11, 2021

    June 8, 2021

     

Additional Information

  • The Board of Education Secretary is the liaison between the board and district patrons. You may contact the board secretary by phone at 816-650-7000 or via mail at 2101 N. Twyman Road, Independence, MO 64058

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Public Notice

  •  NOTICE OF MEETING

    Public notice is hereby given that a regular meeting of the Board of Education of Fort Osage R-1 School District of Jackson County, Missouri, will be held in the Gragg Administrative Office, 2101 N. Twyman Road in Independence, Missouri, on Tuesday, November 10, 2020, at 7:00 p.m.  The meeting will be open to the public.

    Among the matters to be considered and acted upon at the meeting will be:

    A Resolution authorizing the issuance of a series of the District’s General Obligation Refunding Bonds for the purpose of refunding general obligation bonds previously issued by the District.  This refunding will result in interest cost savings for the District.