Our Story


Professional Learning | Advocacy | Meaningful Partnerships


GOCSD exists to serve our members by promoting collaborative professional learning, advocating for and celebrating the educational profession, and promoting meaningful partnerships with businesses.


The vision of the Greater Ozarks Cooperating School Districts (GOCSD) is to advance educational opportunities for ALL students in the Ozarks so they can be successful at any career or ready for college. GOCSD is focused on building the capacity of every teacher and leader in the region to become a high quality educator. The expectation is to engage regional educators in collaborative, high quality professional learning opportunities that promote rigorous and engaging classroom learning experiences.


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. 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 has 75+ members districts in 25 counties, representing nearly 117,000 students. GOCSD consists of rural, suburban, and urban communities representing districts with enrollments of less than 50 and up to 24,000 students.

Board of Directors

Mrs. Tonya Woods
Thayer R-II

Dr. Chris Ford
Fordland R-III

Dr. Pam Hedgpeth
GOCSD Executive Director

Dr. Dennis Cooper
GOCSD Executive Director Emeritus

Dr. Josh Chastain
Nixa Public Schools

Mr. Jim Dickey
Mountain Grove Schools

Dr. Aaron Gerla
Ash Grove R-IV

Dr. Nicole Holt
Springfield Public Schools

Dr. Dave Schmitz
Lebanon School District

Dr. Brian Wilson
Hollister R-V

Dr. Lori Wilson
Ozark School District

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