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 began serving on the board in 2012 and is the current board president. He and his wife, Debbie, have lived in Grain Valley for 16 years and have one grown daughter and two grandchildren. Mr. Saffell has served with Central Jackson County Fire Protection District for 29 years, currently as a Deputy Chief. He is a past president of the Grain Valley Chamber of Commerce.



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Jan Reding

School Board Secretary

Jan Reding began serving on the board in 1999 and is the current board secretary. 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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Julie Groff

Director

Julie Groff began serving on the board in 2004. 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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Jared English

Director

Jared English began serving on the board in 2018. He previously served on the school board from 2005 to 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 17 years and have two children in the district. He works in the enterprise risk management field and attends the Timothy Lutheran Church in Blue Springs.

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Tisha Homfeld

School Board Vice President

Tisha Homfeld began serving on the board in 2014 and is the current vice president. She and her husband, Eddie, have four children who have all attended Grain Valley Schools. Mrs. Homfeld is a realtor for RE/MAX Heritage. She has previously served on the Grain Valley Lions Club, where she served as vice president and president.



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Michael Hackett

Director

Michael Hackett began serving on the board in 2004. He and his wife, Kathryn, have two children, one who has graduated and one currently attending Grain Valley Schools. Mr. Hackett is the Assistant Vice President of Information Technology for Blue Ridge Bank. 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

Director

Jeff Coleman began serving on the board in 2011. 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 past president of the Grain Valley Chamber of Commerce and has served as mayor pro tem on the Grain Valley Board of Alderman. Mr. Coleman serves as Representative for District 32 in the Missouri House of Representatives.




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

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