Twenty-one years ago, Nancy Masterson decided to get involved. As a former teacher and a mom with 3 kids in school, she decided to take a chance and run for the Camdenton School Board. She was interested in education and with 3 kids in school, felt she could make a difference. Working with the school district seemed like the perfect fit for her and one that would allow her to tap into her skills as the superintendent at Ha Ha Tonka State Park.

Twenty-one years ago, Nancy Masterson decided to get involved. As a former teacher and a mom with 3 kids in school, she decided to take a chance and run for the Camdenton School Board. She was interested in education and with 3 kids in school, felt she could make a difference. Working with the school district seemed like the perfect fit for her and one that would allow her to tap into her skills as the superintendent at Ha Ha Tonka State Park.

Masterson is now taking what she has learned in her 2 decades of service to the state level. Masterson has been elected to the vice-president’s seat on the governing board of the Missouri State School Board Association.

“During the 21 years I have been on the Camdenton School Board, I have gained a very good understanding of the issues facing school board members who are elected to govern a school district. I feel the knowledge of issues and experiences I gained helping the Camdenton School District stay the course, could be utilized to continue the great work accomplished everyday by the Missouri School Board Association,” she said. “I will be a strong advocate both in the state capital and in Washington, D.C. to do what is best for children and their families.”

Masterson’s priorities:

FUNDING: This is an issue that demands our attention Every year we are at the mercy of the state legislature and the state economy. Fully funding the Education Formula is vitally important, along with funding Transportation Reimbursement. This year additional money was allocated, but we need to stay diligent in getting this reimbursement increased in future years until we reach the goal set of 75%. We did get 75% reimbursement when I started on my board in 1997!

SCHOOL SAFETY: Each day of the school year we must be vigilant that those children entrusted to our care receive their education in a safe environment. Each school district must decide how this happens. We must continue to ask for funding that we can use to make our schools safer.

PRE-SCHOOL: The research is very clear - children have a greater degree of success if they are prepared in their preschool years, by programs that give them a start in reading, math, and social skills. Let’s pursue how legislation with additional funding can make this happen.

ADVOCACY: We must remain watchful and ready to act when we receive news that education issues are discussed. We need to react positively and fight the negative. We need to assert our position on local control. Establishing a good rapport with our legislators who represent us in Jefferson City and Washington, D.C., will help us achieve our goals.