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LEBANON, Missouri (Press Release)  Friday, December 15, Governor Greitens visited with Dr. Schmitz, members of the Lebanon School District administrative team, as well as teachers and students at Boswell Elementary. He was interested in learning about our schools and the challenges we face in meeting the needs of all students. While our conversation emphasized Lebanon Schools, we also spoke about the challenges facing public schools in Missouri. It was emphasized that our school districts are actively engaged in collaboration to provide Missouri students with access to innovative and flexible learning experiences. Our hope is that conversations like these will continue and also help political leaders across our state to both understand and value the important and passionate work Missouri public schools do for students each day. We pride ourselves in working hard to meet the needs of ALL students across our district and know our fellow public schools throughout Missouri are dedicated to doing the same.

Governor Greitens was greeted by two students, who shared their personal mission statements, class mission statement, and school mission statement. The Governor then met with District teachers and leadership to discuss programs that exemplify collaboration between school districts, resulting in innovative and flexible programs for Missouri students. Discussion of collaborative efforts included an assessment partnership seeking to integrate interim assessments for learning versus traditional state assessments. Additionally, programs such as Launch, GO CAPS, and Project Lead The Way were emphasized as marquee collaborative efforts for Missouri students.

Following the conversation, two students shared about our STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program with Governor Greitens, and went on to visit with him about their favorite hands-on projects so far this school year. He then visited the Boswell STEM lab and interacted with students, who were engaged in a problem-based learning activity.

“We are glad to have had the opportunity to talk with Governor Greitens about challenges facing public education,” said Lebanon Schools Superintendent Dr. David Schmitz. “We acknowledge the recent turmoil and concerns in the educational arena, but certainly appreciate his willingness to listen to how public schools are collaborating to improve student access to rigorous and relevant learning across our state. We are optimistic that educators will have a ‘seat at the table’ as we move forward with what is best for our students.”