Voters Guide: Jan Mees

Candidate for Columbia Board of Education, 3-year term
Thursday, March 25, 2010 | 7:37 p.m. CDT; updated 7:52 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Jan Mees is a retired media specialist who spent 21 years working in Columbia Public Schools. She has served as president of the Columbia School Board for the past year and has served on the board since 2007.

Mees’ biggest goals if elected are to close the academic achievement gap that exists between students of different races and household income levels and balance the district budget. She said her experiences in the district and on the board have made her able to look at issues from both teacher and board member perspectives and make difficult decisions.

More information:

Jan Mees

ADDRESS: 2746 Willowbark Court

PERSONAL: Age 61. Married to Bill for 39 years. They have two sons, Jeff, 35, and Greg, 32, and four grandchildren.

OCCUPATION: Retired. Formerly a media specialist in several Columbia public schools from 1989 to 2006.

EDUCATION: Bachelor of arts degree from Purdue University and a master of arts degree in library science from MU.

BACKGROUND: Member of the Assistance League of Mid-Missouri, Boone County Retired Teachers, Missouri School Boards Association. Participant in the Stand By Me mentoring program since 2007. Served on the Columbia School Board since 2007 and is board president.

ON THE WEB: Mees has a campaign page at and also on Facebook at Jan Mees for School Board.


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