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5:00 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Incoming superintendent plans to meet with predecessor

Peter Stiepleman was announced as the new Columbia Public Schools Superintendent Friday March 14. He will replace outgoing Superintendent Chris Belcher July 1, 2014.
Credit Heather Adams / KBIA

The Columbia Board of Education announced Friday that Peter Stiepleman will be the district’s new superintendent.

The Columbia Board of Education met for about four and a half hours Thursday night deciding between the two candidates. Christine King is the school board president. She says that because Stiepleman is already familiar with the schools and community he is well educated on what problems the district needs to fix. King says as an internal candidate they knew Stiepleman would communicate well with the school board.

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11:51 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Dr. Peter Stiepleman will be next superintendent of Columbia Public Schools

Dr. Peter Stiepleman
Credit Columbia Public Schools

The Columbia Board of Education announced Friday that Dr. Peter Stiepleman will become superintendent of Columbia Public Schools effective July 1, 2014.

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12:29 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

CPS announces names of two candidates for superintendent

Peter Stiepleman

Columbia Board of Education President Christine King announced in a letter to district staff Tuesday the board has narrowed its search for candidates for superintendent to two people.

One is an internal candidate: Dr. Peter Stiepleman. Stiepleman is currently the assistant superintendent for elementary education for Columbia Public Schools. The other candidate is Dr. Dred Scott, deputy superintendent for the Independence School District.

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5:01 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Columbia Public Schools selects four candidates for superintendent position

The superintendent of schools position, left vacant by reitiring Superintendent Chris Belcher, has four final candidates under consideration of the Board of Education.
Kristofor Husted KBIA

Columbia Public Schools announced in an e-mail to staff Friday it decided on four final candidates to interview for the position of superintendent of schools. The Board of Education has not released the names of the candidates but will be interviewing them over several days to come.

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2:52 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Superintendent Belcher to retire from CPS in June, take job at MU

Credit Kristofor Husted / KBIA

Columbia Public Schools Superintendent Chris Belcher announced his retirement plans in a letter to the Board of Education.

Belcher will retire effective June 30, 2014 and will take a job as a faculty member in the University of Missouri College of Education. Belcher says that role will allow him “to stay connected with CPS through leadership development.”

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1:15 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

CPS Superintendent Belcher considering retirement, has interviewed at MU

Columbia Superintendent Chris Belcher has applied for a teaching position at MU's College of Education.
Credit Kristofor Husted / KBIA

Now that Columbia Public Schools Superintendent Chris Belcher is eligible for retirement, he is weighing his options for next year. That’s according to an email Belcher sent out last week to Columbia Public Schools staff.  One of his options could be a teaching position with the MU College of Education.

District spokersperson Michelle Baumstark says Belcher sent the email to remain transparent about his situation with staff.

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7:45 am
Fri November 1, 2013

CPS breaks ground for new elementary school

Leaders of Columbia Public Schools hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony before breaking ground for a new elementary school near Battle High School in Columbia, Mo., on Oct. 30, 2013.
Credit Colin Hope / KBIA

Columbia Public Schools broke ground Wednesday for a new elementary school near Battle High School.

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9:26 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Nixon commits to increasing public school funding

Gov. Jay Nixon
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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon addressed public school educators in Jefferson City Wednesday afternoon. He said Missouri’s AAA credit rating and recovering economy provide a unique opportunity for investment in Missouri students.

Nixon said if students are not prepared, Missouri’s economy will not survive. He said the challenge is making sure every Missouri student leaves the classroom ready to succeed, and that requires strategic investment from the state.

Nixon said he will be increasing funding in Missouri’s K-12 classrooms in order to fully fund the foundation formula.

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11:33 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Columbia test scores still highlight achievement gap

Columbia Public Schools Superintendent Chris Belcher, flanked by school district officials and board of education members, discusses MAP test results with reporters on August 22, 2013
Credit Ryan Famuliner / KBIA

As the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education releases the latest round of MAP scores, Columbia Public Schools Superintendent Chris Belcher says, frankly, he isn’t worrying all that much about the scores this year. But he says they do still highlight one serious, known problem.

Superintendent Belcher says the MAP scores this year should be taken with a grain of salt, because the state is going through a transition period. The MAP tests will be replaced as part of the state’s planned implementation of common core standards in 2014-15. Belcher says Columbia teachers are already thinking beyond the MAP test, and have targeted their curriculum at preparing students for the new assessments, instead.

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12:54 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Belcher has new proposal for Columbia school start times

Chris Belcher
Kristofor Husted KBIA

At the Columbia Board of Education meeting tonight, Superintendent Chris Belcher is expected to propose a new plan for school start times.

Instead of high school students starting first at 7:20am, like in previous proposals, Belcher is recommending they begin at 9:00am after the elementary and middle schools. He says research supports his proposal.

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1:50 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Columbia schools under heightened security Friday amid rumors

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Kristofor Husted KBIA

Superintendent Chris Belcher says Columbia Public Schools will be under heightened security tomorrow following rumors and chatter about a possible planned violent act at one of the district’s schools. In a letter to parents today, Belcher said the district and the Columbia Police Department have investigated the rumors and can’t find any credible evidence.

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4:51 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Columbia AP test scores above state average

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Students in the Columbia Public School system who took Advanced Placement exams in 2012 outscored their peers across Missouri. Some of the district’s highest scores came in Psychology and Biology.

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11:36 am
Wed January 11, 2012

Ballot measures approved by school board

Chris Belcher, superintendent of Columbia schools

A 40-cent tax levy increase and $50 million bond issue have been unanimously approved by Columbia school board members, to go on the April ballot. The move came at last night's school board meeting.

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6:31 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

New Columbia school boundaries

Panelists explained how the proposed boundary changes would affect schools in Columbia.

Watch the show and join the conversation on the Intersection website.

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4:21 pm
Wed November 30, 2011

Columbia Public Schools introduces snow day child supervision

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When Columbia parents need to go to work during a snow storm, their child care options are slim. Columbia Public Schools has created a snow-day child care program which will operate on snow days when the city’s main roads are snow-free.

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