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.
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
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.
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.
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
Dr. Aaron Gerla
Ash Grove R-IV
Mrs. Tonya Woods
President – Elect
Dr. Chris Ford
Dr. Josh Chastain
Dr. Jason Dial
Mr. Jim Dickey
Mountain Grove R-III
Dr. Nicole Holt
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.