Mr. Drew Beaugard, Senior Regional Director, Forrest T. Jones Co., Inc.
Mr. Kelly Hinshaw, MASA Director of Leader Development
This workshop is designed to provide a higher level of understanding for superintendents and other central office administrators who are responsible for making health insurance decisions impacting their employees and families, as well as the organization. In the current environment, it is important that district leaders have the tools required to gather and analyze information, ask the right questions, educate stakeholders, and make decisions that produce positive results.
The workshop will address the following topics:
Date: Tuesday, December 13, 2022
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: MCSA Education Center, 3550 Amazonas Drive, Jefferson City, MO 65109
Live-Stream Webinar Option.
Cost: $60 (includes lunch)
(No charge if participating in the First-Year Workshop Discount Program, but we still need you to complete the registration form)
The Missouri Association of School Administrators (MASA) has announced the selection of Dr. Jason Snodgrass, Superintendent of Fort Osage R-I School District, as the 2023 Missouri Superintendent of the Year. Dr. Snodgrass was honored during the MSBA/MASA Annual Fall Conference held November 5, 2023 at the Kansas City Convention Center, Kansas City, Missouri.
Dr. Snodgrass stated, “It is an honor to be named the MASA Superintendent of the Year. My hope is that the employees and families of the Fort Osage School District understand that this recognition is truly a reflection of all of the good work taking place in our classrooms. As a district, we have five core values: Integrity, Belonging, Collaboration, Achievement and Accountability. It is up to all of us to assure those values are being met, and as the superintendent, I need to make sure we stay focused to meet the needs of our young people.”
MASA Executive Director, Doug Hayter, stated, "Jason Snodgrass is not only an outstanding leader for the Fort Osage School District, but he is also known as a trusted colleague in the Greater Kansas City area. Jason has always seen himself as a teacher and coach first, and in those roles he placed the highest value on the personal growth of each student with whom he worked. He has taken that same philosophy into his current
role as the leader of his district.”
Dr. Snodgrass is in his seventh year as Superintendent of Fort Osage R-I Public Schools. Previously, Dr. Snodgrass served the Fort Osage Schools as the high school principal. He served as the secondary school principal at Polo R-VII School District (2003-2009) and in a similar position at Marceline R-V School District (2002-2003).
When writing about his district, Dr. Snodgrass noted the Fort Osage School schools serve a diverse community of approximately 5,000 students, including over half who qualify for free or reduced price lunches. While the District as a whole is considered suburban, it includes a large low-income housing area that brings in many families from more urban backgrounds, as well as thousands of acres of rural property and the farming and small-town families who reside there. Fort Osage is known as a very close-knit community and many of the parents and business owners in the District attended school here themselves. Their loyalty to the District is a tremendous asset, and their support helps the district remain competitive with larger and more affluent surrounding districts.
Communications is central to Dr. Snodgrass’s leadership approach. Internal communications is a vital tenet for the district. Dr. Snodgrass understands he and his central office staff must regularly engage their 800 staff members because “they are the daily connection between the District and their families, community and region.” Beyond internal communications, Snodgrass and his team maintain important communications with the community both through printed publications and online connections; but more importantly, through personal interaction with such entities as the City of Independence, the Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Council.
As Dr. Snodgrass shared in his application, nothing is more important than preparing young people for success as they move to the next stages of their lives. The father of five children, Dr. Snodgrass understands that his district is made up of families from all walks of life, and the needs of one child may greatly differ from another child. A program Dr. Snodgrass saw as beneficial to all students is the Kansas City Area’s Real World Learning (RWL) initiative. Fort Osage has served as a leader in this regional initiative designed to promote K-12 college and career readiness training, and to provide high school students with opportunities to earn Market Value Assets (MVAs) by participating in courses and projects that will prepare them for success beyond high school. These MVAs include college credit courses, career programs leading to a marketable credential, workplace internships, and opportunities to partner with community organizations to complete meaningful projects. The Fort Osage schools have taken a very comprehensive approach to this effort, and as a result have increased the percent of students graduating with at least one MVA from 29% in 2020 to 75% in 2022. By continuing to increase the number and types of real world opportunities available to students, the District plans to achieve 100% of students earning MVAs prior to the regional goal of 2030.
The Missouri Association of School Administrators is pleased to honor Dr. Snodgrass as the 2023 Missouri Superintendent of the Year.
The Missouri Association of School Administrators is the statewide association of public school superintendents and central office administrators. MASA develops and supports effective public school leaders who positively impact the lives of Missouri students.
Membership in the Missouri Association of School Administrators shall consist of active, group, associate (individual and business), emeritus and honorary members. Only active members shall be eligible to vote and hold office. Each active member must declare membership in one MASA region for voting purposes. Membership is for July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023.
MASA Membership Categories (Each category has a specific online application form):
Active Membership - any person shall be eligible for active membership who serves as a Missouri public school superintendent, central office administrator of a public school, administrator of an education agency, association, college or university, or teacher preparing persons for a career in education or educational administration in these institutions. MASA Active Dues = .007 of your 2022 - 2023 salary, rounded to the nearest dollar. 2022 - 2023 Active Membership Application
Group Membership - any superintendent who purchases an Active Membership may purchase an additional Group Membership for their school district. A Group Membership will include one additional active membership for the school district and any number of non-voting central office memberships, as submitted by the superintendent. Group membership dues are tied directly to the superintendent's application and active membership. 2022 - 2023 Group Membership Application
Individual Associate Member - any person actively engaged in, or associated with, any phase of schoolwork or otherwise interested in educational administration in Missouri shall be eligible for associate membership in the Association. Individuals employed as administrators in Missouri public school districts shall not be eligible for associate membership. Individual Education Associate member dues are $50.00 per year. 2022 - 2023 Individual Associate Member Application
Business Associate Member - any vendor or company who either markets products or services to the public schools or who wishes to provide support to public school superintendents through their professional association may become a business associate member.Business Associate membership dues are $300. per year. 2022 - 2023 Business Associate Member Application
Emeritus Member - any active member of MASA who retires from work in Missouri education shall be eligible for emeritus membership. This emeritus membership will expire should the member return to a position that qualifies for active membership. There are no dues associated with this membership category.
Honorary Member - the Executive Committee shall have authority to confer honorary membership in the Association. There are no dues associated with this membership category.
Membership in the Association may be denied or rescinded by the Executive Committee or its designee when it is deemed to be in the best interest of the Association.