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Sparta R-III School District Board of Education

Keith Roller

President,  Keith Roller -- My wife Amy and I have three boys. I am a lifelong resident of Sparta and a graduate of Sparta High School. I am the owner of a local small business. As well as serving on the Sparta Board of Education, I also serve on the Sparta Sports League and Sparta Cemetery Association. I am honored to serve the students of Sparta School District as a member of the Board of Education.

Current Term: 06/2020-04/2023

Years of Service: 9

Ray Eaton

Vice President, Ray Eaton -- My family and I have been residents of Sparta, since the summer of 2000. I joined the school board to help provide a service to our children and community. I’m a Navy veteran and hold a Bachelor’s degree from Columbia College. I have three boys, one is a current Sparta student and the other two are Sparta graduates. My wife is employed with the district. Through the years, I have developed many friendships by being active in the Sparta Schools and community. I feel that my education and active involvement with the schools and community will help guide the Sparta School District into the future with great success.

Current Term: 06/2020-04/2021

Years of Service: 4

Betty Braden

Board Secretary, Betty Braden --  I am a lifelong resident of the Sparta School District. My husband, J.R., and I have 3 children and 6 grandchildren. Through the years, I have been active with PTA, Sparta Sports League, 4-H, and Girl Scouts. I currently serve as Secretary/Treasurer of the Sparta All-School Reunion and serve on various school advisory committees. I am honored to serve the district and to be part of a system that truly cares about the students we have been entrusted.

Current Term: 2018-2021

Years of Service: 35

Dennis Lilly

Member, Dennis Lilly --   I am a 1982 Sparta High School graduate and have lived in Sparta my entire life. I served in the United States Marine Corps for 3 years and retired from the Springfield Missouri Fire Department in 2006.
I have 7 children and have had children in the Sparta School District for over 25 years. My wife Kezia is also a Sparta graduate. In our family, we value the importance of health and education on every level. I am proud to represent the Sparta School District and be a part of a team that is dedicated to the success of our students.

Current Term: 2019-2022

Years of Service: 4

Danny Joe Rains

Member,  Danny Joe Rains -- I am a lifelong resident of Sparta and a graduate of Sparta High School.  As a parent of 3, I understand the importance of a quality education. I am dedicated to ensuring that all children in the Sparta School District are provided every opportunity to receive an education that will prepare them for a successful career in any field they may choose. I have been a school board member since 2008. I am very fortunate to work with a great group of board members who strive to create a learning environment where all children can excel.

Current Term: 06/2020-04/2023

Years of Service: 11

Danny Schnieder

Member, Danny Schnieder --   My wife Kathy and I have 4 children attending Sparta Schools, two in elementary, one in middle school and one in high school. I have served on the Sparta Sports League and volunteered as a coach for youth basketball. I also own a small business in Sparta. I wanted to become a member of the Board of Education to help serve the students of the Sparta School District. I plan to take my role as a board member just as seriously as I take my role as a business owner.

Current Term: 06/2020-04/2023

Years of Service: 3

Jason Loveland

Member,  Jason Loveland -- I am a lifelong resident of Sparta and a member of the graduating class of 2001. I am married to Tara Loveland, also of Sparta. We have two daughters who both attend middle school at Sparta. I have been very involved with the Sparta Sports League and Sparta Youth sports programs. I am very excited as a new board member to be able to serve our schools, the community, and of course our students. I feel that we have a very strong, dedicated school board and I am excited to get to work with my fellow board members.  

Current Term: 2019-2022

Years of Service: 1