Gov. Jay Nixon has appointed Maynard Wallace, of Thornfield, to the State Board of Education. Wallace was superintendent of the school districts in Forsyth (1979-1994) and Ava (1994-1999), and previously served as a teacher, coach and principal in Missouri public schools. From 2003 to 2011, Wallace represented District 143 in the Missouri House of Representatives, where he chaired the House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee.
"Maynard Wallace brings extensive experience in the classroom and as an education administrator, as well as a history of leadership on education issues as a member of the General Assembly," Gov. Nixon said. "Throughout his career as an educator, school administrator and state representative, Maynard Wallace has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to our schools and students. I'm pleased to be appointing someone of his experience and knowledge on the State Board of Education."
Wallace, a Republican, currently owns a small beef cattle operation on land that was homesteaded by his great-grandfather. He is a past president of the Forsyth Chamber of Commerce. Wallace obtained his bachelor's degree in education from Southwest Missouri State University and his master's in education from Central Missouri State University. The Governor has appointed him for a term ending July 1, 2016. The appointment will be subject to confirmation by the Missouri Senate.
The State Board of Education sets accreditation standards for local school districts, including minimum high school graduation standards and basic requirements for curriculum, staffing and student testing; establishes academic performance standards for public schools; sets education and certification requirements for all professional personnel in public schools (teachers, administrators, librarians, counselors); approves professional education programs in the state's community colleges and four-year colleges and universities, both public and private; and establishes regulations and administrative requirements for the distribution of state and federal funds to school districts.