Chairman of the Joplin School Board goes above and beyond | KSNF/KODE


Jeff Koch Receives Advanced Certification from Missouri School Boards’ Association

JOPLIN, Mo. — Jeff Koch, chairman of the Joplin Schools Board of Education, earned the Advanced level
Missouri School Boards’ Association (MSBA) board member certification.

Koch was recognized for his achievements at the Board of Education meeting at the end of this month (May 2022).

A certificate and pin celebrating the award were presented by Joplin Schools Assistant
Superintendent of Operations, Dr. Kerry Sachetta.

After serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors from 2015 to 2018, Koch is currently serving again in this
ability; he was re-elected chairman of the board in the 2020-21 school year.

“When I started on the board, the only training I had was my own education.
and as a parent of four children from Joplin Schools,” Koch said.

Koch went on to say, “I quickly learned there were specialty areas I could learn that would benefit the students, teachers, staff, and citizens of Joplin. With each year of service, I added to that knowledge and realized that I had met the qualifications for Advanced Board Member Certification. I am proud to represent Joplin Schools at the Igniting Great Ideas Summit where this award will be presented.

The board member certification program established by the MSBA recognizes school board members
who choose to complete additional professional development requirements beyond the 18.5 hours of
training required by the Exceptional Schools Act of 1993 for new board members.

To earn advanced certification, board members must earn at least 12 additional education credits,
complete annual refresher training requirements by MSBA, read two school-related books
board service, attend at least two regional or national MSBA events, and write an essay on
their study to their board of directors.

Koch’s achievement will also be recognized at the MSBA Igniting Great Ideas Summit in June, at
St. Charles, Missouri.


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