Columbia School Board to discuss search for new superintendent Monday

Friday, January 10, 2014 | 5:59 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Columbia School Board members are set to discuss the search for a new superintendent at the board's Monday meeting.

Chris Belcher announced in a letter to the Board of Education on Wednesday that he will retire as superintendent at the end of the school year.

School Board Vice President James Whitt said the board will begin the discussion regarding the search. He said board members need to put their thoughts together before they can start the search.

District spokeswoman Michelle Baumstark said board members hope to discuss the next steps. She said one question is whether they will look within Columbia Public Schools for the new superintendent or search externally.

The board does not have a set timeline, but Whitt said the search is a top priority.

The board is scheduled to meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Neil C. Aslin District Administration Building, 1818 W. Worley St.

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Mike Martin January 10, 2014 | 6:13 p.m.

The fourth superintendent in six years: Chase, Ritter, Belcher, ?. And what may be another uncontested school board race:

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Mary Douglass January 11, 2014 | 8:19 a.m.

and the games begin...again...

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Ellis Smith January 11, 2014 | 9:44 a.m.

@ Mike Martin:

You follow these matters, so what in your opinion is the problem (for it seems you believe there is one)?

If you choose to address the issue, bear in mind that after having paid taxes in Columbia for 23 years I no longer do so; my interest in the matter is (to indulge in a pun) purely academic. While living in Columbia I deliberately avoided becoming involved.

I never had any direct association with Columbia Public Schools; my daughter attended public schools, K-12, in another Missouri school district, and my two granddaughters are products of private education: primary, secondary and college/technical institute.

Are CPS problems the result of too little parent involvement OR the result of some group trying to exert undue influence on the school system? Is the system what I'd call "politicized"?

Mary, your comments would be welcome too.

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