Message from the Board Chairman

DR. BERNARD DUBRAY

SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS

FORT ZUMWALT SCHOOL DISTRICT

We are all now into the summer period after completing the most unusual and historic year in the history of our organization. No one that I know of has ever experienced anything like it. We have come through the pandemic and can hopefully go about the business in the fall of a more normal school year for our districts and community college members.

The MUSIC Board of Directors recently held the second quarter Directors meeting on Thursday, June 18th at The Lodge of the Four Seasons in Lake Ozarks, Missouri. We continued to hear relatively good news about our investments and insurance lines of coverage. Our conservative estimates of expenditures under the direction of Mark Stockwell have allowed our budget to exceed all of our expectations to the point that a surplus allocation credit to the membership in the near future.

The Board approved the addition of Grain Valley R-V as a new member which brings our official membership total to a new high of 483 member organizations (468 school districts, 8 community colleges, and 7 support organizations). Since Missouri only has approximately 520 school districts, this number continues to speak well of our credibility throughout the state.

Finally, the Board of Directors approved the draft audit of our financial operations for the 2020 year. The audit was a clean opinion, and with no exceptions with strong validation of our financial procedures.

The Board of Directors will next meet on September 9, 2021 in Lake Ozark, Missouri for the third quarter meeting. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact any Board Member or the Executive Director, Mark Stockwell, in order for the matter to be addressed.

Best wishes for a safe and productive summer and let’s all hope conditions continue to improve so that we can have a great 2021-2022 school year.