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Dr. Ronald Fritz, recently elected as the Center School District Board of Education President, has achieved Master Board Member Certification from the Missouri School Board's Association.

The board member certification program established by MSBA recognizes school board members who choose to complete additional professional development requirements beyond the 18 1/2 hours of training required by the Outstanding School Act of 1993 for new board members.

To achieve Master Certification, board members must achieve Advanced Certification, earn at least 12 additional training credits, complete annual Refresher training requirement through MSBA, read two books related to school board service, attend at least two MSBA regional or statewide events and write a brief essay relating their study to their board service.

Those members achieving Master Board Member Certification will be recognized for engaging in ongoing professional development to improve the knowledge and skills they need to function as effective educational leaders in their communities during the MSBA Igniting Great Ideas Summit in June.

The Missouri School Board's Association is a private, not-for-profit organization that exists to help public school succeed.

Fritz, a retired public school educator, has served on the board since 2019. “I came on the board the same time our community passed a $48 million bond issue,” Fritz said. “Since then our district has had an interim superintendent, hired a new superintendent. In addition, the district is completing a new elementary school, made improvements to all district facilities, invested in curricular materials, as well as navigated the Covid 19 crisis.” Since he began his service, Fritz has served as Center School District Board of Education Delegate and has earned Certified, Advanced, and Master Board Member Certification from the Missouri School Boards Association.