Columbia school board candidates discuss goals at open forum

Mar 10, 2014

Paul Cushing
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Columbia school board candidates Joseph Toepke, Jonathan Sessions, Paul Cushing and Helen Wade participated Friday in a forum hosted by Muleskinners.

Candidates fielded questions from community members and discussed their goals if elected to the Columbia Public School district’s board. 

Columbia resident Marion Mace Dickerson attended the event.

"You really can't tell much about the candidate until you have a chance to hear what they have to say, hear what their answers are to the questions," Dickerson said. 

A variety of issues were covered. The candidates discussed the inclusion of more foreign language classes, bullying prevention and the Common Core program that will begin in fall of 2014.

Current school board member Jonathon Sessions is running for reelection. He says Columbia schools have started adapting to meet the common core standards.  

"But the Columbia Public Schools, knowing that this was something our state was planning on adopting, we started adopting curriculum that will help our students meet those goals," Sessions said. "We got to choose the curriculum that helped meet the Common Core standards."    

The election will take place April 8, with three positions open.