MASA is dedicated to serving central office administrators, primarily superintendents. Total membership is over 600 people, but the state group is subdivided and organized regionally into smaller groups which meet monthly. Its counterparts for principals are MAESP and MASSP. Maryville is part of the northwest region which meets monthly in St. Joseph. Meetings focus on news, legislation, and related professional development. They include presentations and discussions, and are attended by members & representatives from area colleges, attorneys, area DESE supervisors, legislators, school business officials such as accountants, financial advisors, insurance agents, and others.
Maryville R-II School District belongs to both MARE and MSBA. Both offer services such as policy assistance, board consulting services, legal hotlines, staff and board trainings, and administrator search assistance. MARE is dedicated to the unique needs and concerns of rural education. MSBA is dedicated to public school and school board operations.
MSTA and MNEA are both advocates for public schools, students, and employees. They offer multiple services to their members: legislative advocacy, training and workshops, insurance, and legal assistance. Both offer membership to support school support staff, as well as certified staff. Most teachers in Missouri belong to one or the other of these groups.
While these groups are varied in membership and demographics, they are united in one cause: improved educational opportunities for kids in Missouri.