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Gov. Mike Parson is close to filling out the eight-member State Board of Education with the appointment of Mary Sheid, according to the state’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Parson named Sheid to the state education board Tuesday afternoon, and if confirmed by the Missouri Senate in the coming weeks, she would fill the final vacancy on the board.

Sheid currently works as the owner and chief executive operator of Physical Therapy Specialists Clinic in West Plains, according to a news release from DESE.

“She serves as project director for SOARHigh, an ongoing project that works with select students in the areas of nutrition, physical education and social-emotional wellness. Sheid spent three years as president of the Southern Ozarks Alliance for Rural Development and is a member of the GO-CAT community advisory board, which assists community development, internships and technical training. She previously served on the Missouri State University Board of Governors from 2002-2011 and is a current member of a local workforce investment board,” DESE’s news release added.

“Her experiences with local industry put her in a valuable position to help us continue to prepare students for success in both school and in life,” Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Margie Vandeven said in the news release of her excitement for having the opportunity for Sheid to serve on the state education board.

Sheid earned a bachelor of science in physical therapy from the University of Missouri and holds a bachelor of arts degree in biology and psychology from Drury University.

More information on the members of the state board is available at

The next scheduled meeting of the State Board of Education is March 26 in Jefferson City. More information on the agenda is available at

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