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Education
8:32 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Lottery students attend Benton Elementary for STEM education

Students at Benton Elementary School file into the computer lab, ready to start on today’s geography project. But instead of rolling out maps, these first graders are opening Google Earth on their computers.

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Education
5:29 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Columbia schools deputy superintendent announces retirement

Nick Boren.
Credit Columbia Public Schools

Columbia Public Schools deputy superintendent Nick Boren announced Friday that he will be retiring from his current position. As deputy superintendent, Boren worked on long-term facility planning and creating a five-year financial plan. Assistant Superintendent Peter Stiepleman said Boren was instrumental in planning for district growth.

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Education
5:46 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

CPS investigates First Student bus driver after arrest

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  Columbia Public Schools were notified Friday, March 14 and began investigating an incident where a bus driver hit a Shepard Boulevard Elementary School student inside the bus.

As soon as Shepard Boulevard Elementary School heard about the incident, the principal began reviewing surveillance tapes capturing the incident inside the bus. Columbia Public Schools spokesperson, Michelle Baumstark, says, it was at this point that the principal felt it was necessary to notify Columbia police.

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Education
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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Education
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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Education
9:12 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Columbia residents weigh in on CPS superintendent finalists

Dr. Peter Stiepleman addresses the public during Tuesday night's "Meet and Greet" event at the Columbia Public Schools administrative building. Stiepleman currently works as the Columbia Public Schools assistant superintendent of elementary education.
Mark Bergin KBIA

The search for a new superintendent for Columbia Public Schools is almost over.

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Education
3:57 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Live Blog: Columbia Schools Superintendent Meet & Greet

Credit Mark Bergin / KBIA

Follow this blog for live, continuing coverage of the "Meet and Greet" event for the two finalists for the Columbia Board of Education's superintendent position.

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Education
8:24 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Exam: JCPS uses student-led conferences, CPS superintendent finalists discuss at-risk students

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First, KBIA's Hope Kirwan takes us to a classroom in Jefferson City for a new kind of parent-teacher conference—these are led by the students. The classic parent-teacher conference is a good way to evaluate a student’s progress, but 4th graders at Jefferson City’s South Elementary get to take the lead and tell their parents what they've learned.

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Education
4:29 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

CPS superintendent candidates would focus on at-risk students

Dr. Dred Scott
Credit Columbia Public Schools

The search for a new Columbia Public Schools superintendent was narrowed down to two finalists last week. CPS superintendent candidates Dr. Dred Scott and Dr. Peter Stiepleman will be introduced to the community and will answer questions Tuesday at a public "meet and greet."

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Education
8:54 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Columbia school board candidates discuss goals at open forum

Paul Cushing
Credit File / KBIA

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

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Education
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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Education
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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Education
4:58 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

CPS superintendent search proceeds with 19 applicants

Credit Håkan Dahlström / Flickr

The Columbia Public Schools Board of Education, with help from the Missouri School Board Association, is continuing its search for a new superintendent of Columbia schools. The current superintendent, Chris Belcher, announced in January that he was planning to retire in June.

The Board began its search shortly after Belcher’s announcement and just closed the job posting February 14. Board President Christine King said there is a total 19 candidates.

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Snow accidents
11:26 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Be careful out there: Snow last week coincided with spike in vehicle accidents, stalls

Traffic on snowy College Avenue in Columbia
Credit Kyle Felling / KBIA

Most everyone knows driving in the snow can be dangerous, and numbers from last week seem to confirm it.

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Education
9:05 am
Tue February 11, 2014

New Columbia elementary school will be named after Eliot Battle

The Columbia school board revealed a name for one of the two new Columbia elementary schools after months of planning and consideration. 

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