Also on Monday, the board heard a presentation from businessman Larry Potterfield, owner of Midway USA, a wholesaler of hunting- and gun-related products.
The Columbia-based company markets its products online and via catalogs to more than 1 million customers both in the USA and overseas.
Potterfield's company was the 2009 winner of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.
himself is an enthusiastic proponent of the Baldrige
Program, a public-private partnership that teaches
Distilled to its essence, Potterfield
said the Baldrige program helps organizations improve and succeed by posing a series of "really, really tough questions."
The program is being promoted by the Missouri School Boards Association
as a way to help districts improve student achievement.
said the program teaches leaders 30 distinct leadership and management principles.
Those principles include ideas like "maintaining an effective mission statement" and "understanding the core competencies of your organization and develop new ones."
"All you have to do is these 30 things right, and I can tell you, you'll achieve great results," Potterfield
told the school board.