2012 Columbia Public School Board Candidates: Christine King

Thursday, March 1, 2012 | 4:00 p.m. CST; updated 12:53 p.m. CDT, Friday, March 16, 2012

This is part of the Missourian's school board election coverage; for complete coverage, click here.

Christine King

Age: 46.

Years in Columbia: 12.

Occupation: Worked for State Farm until January 2009, now a "full-time volunteer."

Education: Undergraduate degree in finance from Miami University (Ohio).

Personal ties to the district: King has a fourth-grade daughter at Paxton Keeley Elementary School and a seventh-grade son at Smithton Middle School.

Community involvement: King is a member of the Columbia School Board and the Parent Teacher Association at Paxton Keeley, committee member for United Way, member of Assistance League of Mid-Missouri and a board member of Columbia Youth Basketball Association. She also coaches two teams and is member of Woodcrest Church.

Political experience: King has been on the Columbia School Board since 2009, a board member at Columbia Montessori School from 2002-2007, their treasurer in the first year and a chair from 2003-2007. She was the chair of Partners in Education for State Farm from 2002-2007 in partnership with Rock Bridge High School.

Reason for running: King has enjoyed being on the board for the past three years and said she feels the district is making positive steps, but moving forward takes time. King said her time on the board has made her more confident in why it does what it does. She said though she still has questions, she knows who to ask to find answers and that she sees running for re-election as a means of continued service.

Most important thing to contribute: King said one of her strengths is the leadership and knowledge she has gained from her three years on the board. Part of this strength, she said, is her ability to look at the district as a whole and see the big picture. She said one important function of the board was hiring a strong superintendent to help communicate its decisions pertaining to the district to the appropriate level.

No. 1 challenge facing the district: In the short term, King pointed out the bond issue and tax levy. King said the district and community need both of these and that the funding from these items will help make Columbia Public Schools more effective. In the long term, King said maintaining the financial integrity the district has had under Chris Belcher is important. King said this will increase public trust in the district and will in turn help the district make effective decisions.

Something interesting She was on "Widman's Way with one of her Columbia Youth Basketball Association teams.

Contact information:, Facebook, 356-5573

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