The world according to Peter Stiepleman, and his vision for Columbia schools

Apr 15, 2014

CPS superintendent Stiepleman on Intersection

It’s a new era for Columbia Public Schools...

On Tuesday, Columbia voters approved a $50 million dollar bond issue that is part of a 10-year plan to fund a new elementary school and other improvements, and to finally get rid of the district’s classroom trailers, eventually, for the Columbia school district’s growing number of students. And, as the district moves forward, a new superintendent will be at the helm: Peter Stiepleman has been the district’s assistant superintendent of elementary education, and takes on the role of district superintendent when Chris Belcher retires this June. During the search, the Columbia Tribune's Hank Waters called Stiepleman one of American education’s “hot prospects” who has “shown his stuff” in Columbia. We take your questions and answer some of our own.