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GOCSD exists to serve member districts by promoting collaboration of resources to ensure educational opportunities are maximized. (Plan – Learn – Advocate – Celebrate: Together).


Greater Ozarks Cooperating School Districts (GOCSD) will advance the educational opportunities for students served at all educational levels within the Ozarks.

Our Story

During the 2014-15 school year a small group of Southwest Missouri superintendents began the discussion of forming a Southwest Regional School District consortium. These discussions continued and the group began to grow. In the Spring of 2015, eleven school districts agreed to form a cooperative of school districts.

The organization was named The Greater Ozarks Cooperating School Districts (GOCSD). The GOCSD By-Laws were approved and the State of Missouri recognized the organization as a “Not for Profit Educational Service Agency.”

The 2015-16 school year was GOCSD’s first year as an organization, and by the end of the year, 28 member districts were represented. Currently, GOCSD represents 66 school districts representing nearly 112,000 students and growing. GOCSD consists of rural, suburban, and urban communities representing districts with enrollments of less than 50 and up to 25,000 students.

Benefits of Membership

Professional Growth

Join area districts to help advance learning in the Ozarks – for our over 100,000 students.

Responsive to Educators’ Needs

Making resources available to educators today for the issues that affect schools tomorrow.

Networking Opportunities

Check out all our professional learning and networking opportunities on our website!

Have a Voice

Join various committees and become part of a network of Superintendents – be influential.

Purchasing Discounts

Check out all our perks and member benefits on our website – inquire to learn more!

Board of Directors

Dr. Dennis Cooper

GOCSD Executive Director

Dr. Brad Swofford

Branson R-IV


Dr. Aaron Gerla

Ash Grove R-IV


Mrs. Tonya Woods

Thayer R-II

President – Elect

Dr. Chris Ford

Fordland R-III


Dr. Josh Chastain

Nixa Public

Dr. Jason Dial

Ava R-I

Mr. Jim Dickey

Mountain Grove R-III

Dr. Nicole Holt

Springfield R-XII

Dr. Lori Wilson

West Plains R-VII

Everything GOCSD, in your pocket!

Greater Ozarks Cooperating School Districts is thrilled to announce our new mobile app! With the app you can receive notifications about our new events and latest on-demand content in our Canvas Catalog. Scroll a list of our upcoming events and register right from your phone. You will get updates about our Innovation Summit Conference and receive our news and social media posts.

Download the app for free. It’s everything GOCSD, in your pocket. Search GOCSD in the Apple or Android App Store


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