Board of Education

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School Board Policies

Board Members

Bruce Bales, President - term ends 2022

Mike Scott, Vice President-term ends 2023

Matthew Evans, Treasurer - term ends 2023

Tim Watlington - term ends 2023

Jonathan Lashley- term ends 2021

Chris Bales-term ends 2021

Kyle Clayton- term ends 2022

Lola Bridges, Secretary of the Board

Meet your Board Members

Bruce Bales, President

Served on Bakersfield R-IV School Board since 2004.


Grew up in Bakersfield.  Married to Laura and has three children and two grandchildren


Employed at MoDOT

Hobbies:  Loves riding his motorcycle.

Serves on the board to further the education opportunities for all students in the community.

Michael Scott, Vice President

First served on the board 2009

Background:  "I have lived in Bakersfield since I was 9.  My wife, Amy, teaches middle school Language Arts here.  I have two sons, Nathan and Logan.  Both attend(ed) here."

Job/Work/Education:  "I work at Consolidated Land Services in Mtn. Home doing engineering work.  I graduated from Bakersfield and got a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Missouri S&T."  

Hobbies:  "I enjoy fishing with my wife and kids and watching my boys play basketball." 

Matthew Evans, Treasurer

Served since 2017

Background:  Lifelong resident of Bakersfield

Jobs/Work/Education:  Works at Baxter Lab in Mtn. Home.  Graduated from Bakersfield High School in 1992.

Hobbies:  Spending time with kids, camping and working on the farm

Timothy Watlington

Served since 2014

Background:  I was born and raised in Wynne, Arkansas.  I bought and paid for my first car and 16 acres while working and attending college. I met my wife in 1996 and moved to Missouri.  We got married in 1997.  We sold our land in Arkansas and bought land in Missouri where we built our house and now have four children.  

Job/Work/Education:  Manager, Graduated Wynne High School in Arkansas, 1994.  Attended EACC in Business Management for two years.

Hobbies:  Hunting and fishing. I enjoy hanging out with my kids, family and friends when I'm not working.  Above all else, enjoy life and have fun.  

Chris Bales, MBSA Delegate Alternate

Served since 2018

Background:  Graduated in 2003 from Bakersfield High School.  I've lived in Bakersfield my entire life.  Business owner, father of 3 elementary boys at Bakersfield.  

Jobs/Work/Education:  Farmer, CWI (Certified Weld Inspector), Owner of The Gym of Bakersfield, High School Graduate

Hobbies:  Farming, Youth baseball, basketball and football coach.  Play Since A 8-Man football.  

Kyle Clayton, MSBA Delegate

Served since 2020

Background:  I grew up in Thornfield, Missouri where I went to school during my elementary years.  I then graduated at Gainesville High School.  My wife, Darian and three daughters Laney, Kelbi and Brylee mean the world to me.  

Job/Work/Education:  Farmer, contractor, Baxter Lab Manufacturing, attended Ozarks Technical Community College

Hobbies:  Bowfishing

Jonathan Lashley

Served since 2019

Background:  Attended Bakersfield schools, married to Leigha and they have four kids currently attending Bakersfield Schools

Job/Work/Education:  Anderson Propane

Hobbies:  Being with family.  

Monthly Meetings are typically the third Thursday of each month at 6 PM in the Board Room. Dates and times are listed below.

July 18, 2019

August 15, 2019

September 19, 2019

October 17, 2019

November 21, 2019

December 18, 2019

January 23, 2020

February 20, 2020

March 19, 2020

April 16, 2020

May 21, 2020

June 25, 2020

July 2020--No Meeting in July

August 11, 2020--special re-opening plan

August 20, 2020

September 17, 2020

October 15, 2020

November 19, 2020

December 17, 2020

January 21, 2021

February 18, 2021

March 18, 2021

April 15, 2021

May 20, 2021

June 24, 2020