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

    President: Mr. Floyd Hawkins, 2021-2024
    Vice-President: Mrs. Sharon Dankenbring, 2019-2022
    Member: Mr. Tim Brown, 2019-2022
    Member: Mr. Chris Gross, 2021-2024
    Member: Mr. Kelly Scott, 2020-2023
    Member: Mr. David Shrout, 2020-2023
    Member: Mr. Gary Thompson, 2020-2023

    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.   

    2021-22 Board Meeting Dates:

    July 13, 2021- *Public seating will be limited in order to remain in compliance with Jackson County's COVID-19 guidance plans.  A Closed Executive Session addressing Personnel, Real Estate and Legal Matters will be held.

    August 10, 2021

    September 14, 2021

    October 12, 2021

    November 9, 2021

    December 14, 2021

    January 11, 2022

    February 8, 2022

    March 8, 2022

    April 12, 2022

    May 10, 2022

    June 14, 2022




photo of the board of education members

Contact the Board

  • 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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