March 14, 2022
MUSIC Matters – Volume 26 – 1st Quarter
DR. BERNARD DUBRAY
SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS
FORT ZUMWALT SCHOOL DISTRICT
Wow! What a difference a month makes. Since our annual membership meeting on January 27, there have been a number of changes to our state, nation, and world. Mask mandates are falling everywhere and, on February 25, the CDC announced that school bus transportation no longer required masks, provided your county was in a safe or moderate COVID rate. As a result, it feels more normal in the schools each day. At our annual membership meeting, more than 150 participants attended virtually and heard a good presentation on cyber security from Dr. Shannon McMurtrey of Drury University. At the general membership meeting, Todd Galbierz, Ron Orr, and I were re‐elected to three‐year terms on the Board. Later, I was elected to serve as Chairman for the next year. At our meeting before the Annual Membership Meeting, the Board accepted Jeanette Cowherd’s resignation due to her retirement from the Park Hill School District. A nominating committee was appointed to seek out a replacement. Finally, it appears the weather has taken a turn for the better, and beginning the first week in March, our temperatures are looking more spring‐like. I wish you the very best for the end of the 2021‐2022 school year and a great summer ahead.
Mr. Ron Orr
Incoming Executive Director
Twenty years ago, when I began my career in public education at Pattonville, MUSIC was one of my first experiences in how we work together in Missouri education to support each other. Coming from outside of public education, I immediately recognized the strength of having a program like this and have been an ardent supporter ever since. I care deeply about this program and our members and cannot think of any program or service in Missouri that does more for our members than MUSIC. There aren’t adequate words for me to express how honored I am to have been chosen by the Board of Directors to serve as the next Executive Director of this incredible program.
In Pattonville, like many of you, we have partnered with MUSIC to help improve and strengthen our District on numerous occasions. A perfect example is how we partnered to change our approach to managing workers’ compensation. By taking advantage of MUSIC’s programs, we were able to implement targeted safety training based on job classification and establish a light-duty return-to-work program. These efforts allowed us to reduce our workers’ compensation modifier by 35%, which reduced our assessment and redirected resources back into the classroom. The reduced modifier also means our staff are healthier and being injured less often and with less severity, which has an impact that goes beyond dollars and cents. I mentioned this example as an important reminder about the strength of this program. Unlike traditional providers that exist to make profits, MUSIC exists to support you. MUSIC is your program and your partner.
It’s amazing to look back at how MUSIC has grown over its nearly 40-year existence. MUSIC began in 1985 with 47 members and currently has an all-time high of 485 members. This represents more than 90% of all Missouri school districts and two-thirds of community colleges. Not only has MUSIC reached an all-time high in membership, but the program itself is in excellent financial health. The continued growth and strength of the program can be directly attributable to the outstanding leadership Mr. Mark Stockwell has shown as Executive Director over the last eight years. He has continued to build on the foundations established by the other two prior executive directors, Dr. Darrell “Jack” Holley and Dr. Gary VanMeter.
I will officially begin my new role on July 1, 2022, but have already begun working with Mr. Stockwell on my orientation to the program. One of the most important things on my list is getting to know all our members and learning how MUSIC can support you. In the coming months, I will do my best to seek out ways to do that. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if there is anything I can do for you. I am incredibly honored for this opportunity and excited to begin serving as Executive Director.
MR. MARK STOCKWELL
I am very excited that Ron Orr has been selected to serve as the next MUSIC Executive Director. Ron is very talented and dedicated to the success of Missouri schools. I have no doubt that he will build upon our past successes and take MUSIC to an even higher level. Although his official start date is July 1, he has already been participating in meetings and contributing to the future plans for the program. Welcome Ron!
The 2022 MUSIC Membership Meeting was held virtually on January 27th. We’re sad that we weren’t able to meet in person again this year, but we did have a strong turnout. We were able to share the program results from last year and plans for this year. The keynote speaker’s message and our main focus for 2022 is cyber terrorism prevention and response. We are moving forward with research and plans to provide additional resources to prevent these rapidly growing and costly disruptions to your operations. I’d also like to thank everyone that completed the meeting evaluation surveys. We want to hear your thoughts and appreciate you taking the time to share them. The reviews were very positive, but everyone wants to be able to meet in person again soon.
The Dr. Gary VanMeter Awards for Excellence in Risk Management recipients were also announced. These awards are presented to four members that have demonstrated outstanding efforts and results in maintaining safe school and work environments. The recipients were selected using quantitative claims experience and training data. The recipients included Fordland R-III, Ash Grove R-IV, Pleasant Hill R-III, and Mineral Area College. Congratulations to these member organizations for earning the 2022 Dr. Gary VanMeter Awards for Excellence in Risk Management.
The Dr. Gary VanMeter Awards for Excellence in Risk Management recipients were also announced. These awards are presented to four members that have demonstrated outstanding efforts and results in maintaining safe school and work environments. The recipients were selected using quantitative claims experience and training data. The winners included Fordland R-III, Ash Grove R-IV, Pleasant Hill R-III, and Mineral Area College. Congratulations!
As I’m sure you’re already aware, MOASBO is conducting their Spring Conference in person this year and the MOASBO/ MUSIC Golf tournament is scheduled for Sunday April 24th on the Lodge of Four Seasons Cove and Ridge Courses. Please contact me if you’re interested in playing. I hope to see you on the course!
Thank you for your continued support of MUSIC and we look forward to seeing everyone at the upcoming spring conferences.
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Water Well Surveys – Please Act Now
On February 7th, MUSIC emailed a short survey to MUSIC Official Contacts. Our pollution carrier has requested that MUSIC identify water wells on schools’ premises. Please complete this survey soon. If you have already completed the survey, no action is required.
MUSIC Board Vacancy
Is your school district located in the Kansas City / West Central Region? Do you have a desire to serve on the MUSIC Board of Directors? If you answered yes to both of these questions, please contact Mark Stockwell for an application and more information. Applications are due April 15th.
MoASBO | MUSIC Golf Tournament
The 2022 Annual MoASBO / MUSIC Golf Tournament will be held Sunday, April 24. This event will be held at the Lodge of Four Seasons on both the Cove and Ridge Golf courses. Please see the tournament flyer for more details, including how to register or how to sponsor an activity.