Meet The Board

The Board of Education is made up of seven members of our community who are elected to serve three-year terms.  As a board, they are responsible for providing educational opportunities through policies and the evaluation of programs.  The Board meets in regular session in the media center at North Middle School, typically on the third Thursday of each month, and has monthly work sessions at the district administrative office building on Pink Hill Road. 

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Eddie Saffell

School Board President

Eddie Saffell is serving his sixth year on the board and is the current board president. He and his wife, Debbie, have lived in Grain Valley for 13 years and have one grown daughter and two grandchildren. Mr. Saffell has served with Central Jackson County Fire Protection District for 26 years, currently as an assistant chief. He is a past president of the Grain Valley Chamber of Commerce.



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Tisha Homfeld

School Board Secretary

Tisha Homfeld is serving her fourth year on the board and is the current board secretary. She and her husband, Eddie, have four children who have all attended Grain Valley Schools. Mrs. Homfeld works for SMB Medical. She has previously served on the Grain Valley Lions Club, where she served as vice president and president.



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Julie Goff

School Board Member

Julie Groff is serving her fourteenth year on the board. She and her husband, Donald, have three children who have all attended Grain Valley Schools. Mrs. Groff is employed with Phoenix Family as a service coordinator. She has been a residential manager for a group home with Special Neighbors. Mrs. Groff has served in the roles of Director of Preschool for Crossroads Church, a Girl Scout leader, and has been active in PTA.


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Jan Reding

School Board Member

Jan Reding is serving her nineteenth year on the board. Mrs. Reding has one son who is a 1990 graduate of Grain Valley High School. She also has three granddaughters. Mrs. Reding served as building manager of the Power & Light Building in Kansas City from 1961 until her retirement in 1998. She holds a master’s certification from the Missouri School Boards Association. She serves on the Grain Valley Education Foundation Board, the University of Central Missouri Foundation Board, the Grain Valley Assistance Council, FOCUS for Grain Valley, United Methodist Women of Faith UMC, and the Grain Valley Historical Society.

 

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Michael Hackett

School Board Vice-President

Michael Hackett is serving his fourteenth year on the board. He and his wife, Kathryn, have two children, one who has graduated and one currently attending Grain Valley Schools. Mr. Hackett has worked as a systems engineer with Pomeroy in Lee Summit since 1995. He is also a member of the Grain Valley Tax Increment Financing Commission. Mr. Hackett plays in the ‘Bells of Faith’ hand bell choir at Faith United Methodist Church in Grain Valley.


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Jeff Coleman

School Board Member

Jeff Coleman is serving his seventh year on the board and is the current board vice-president. He and his wife, Debbie, have seven children. The younger five children have attended Grain Valley Schools. Mr. Coleman is a Grain Valley business owner. He is the president of the Grain Valley Economic Development Council, president of the Grain Valley Industrial Development Committee and a past president of the Grain Valley Chamber of Commerce.



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Jared English

School Board Member

Jared English is serving his first term on the Grain Valley School Board. He previously served on the board from 2004-2009. Jared also serves on the Grain Valley Park Board, the Pathways of Honor Board and the Grain Valley Education Foundation Board. Jared and his wife Keri have lived in Grain Valley for more than 15 years and have two pre-K children. He works in the enterprise risk management field and attends the Timothy Lutheran Church in Blue Springs.

To contact the school board please email board@gvr5.net

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