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Kim Presko is the principal of Columbia’s newest high school, Battle High School. She was named principal in November 2011, two years before Battle High opened its doors. She has been an educator in Missouri for 25 years, 13 of which were spent as the principal of Oakland Junior High (now Oakland Middle School). Presko received her degrees from MU.
Mailing address: Battle High School, 7575 E. St. Charles Road, Columbia, MO 65202
Kim Presko grew up in Kansas City and attended North Kansas City High School. She earned all of her degrees at MU, with a bachelor's degree in math education, a master's degree in educational administration and a specialist degree in educational administration. Presko also holds a doctorate in school administration. Her first job was teaching math in Harrisonville High School, a small town southeast of Kansas City.
Muriel Williams Battle, for whom the new high school is named, hired Presko in 1990 as a math teacher at West Junior High School. She spent four years there before moving to Oakland Junior High to become an assistant principal. She spent six years as an assistant and the next 13 years as principal of Oakland.
The 2013-14 school year has been her 25th year as an educator and her first as principal of Battle High School. Presko said it is special for her to work at a school named for the woman who took a risk on her many years ago.
When Presko was hired as Battle High’s principal, Columbia Public Schools Superintendent Chris Belcher said: "We wanted someone who would provide strong leadership and aid in community development for the school as the culture, building environment and student population are being developed."
Presko has won many awards over the years, including being named Missouri Assistant Principal of the Year in 2000, Missouri Principal of the Year in 2006 and Administrator of the Year for Columbia Public Schools in 2007.
Her favorite activity, outside of school administration, is to play golf or simply be outside. Her favorite restaurant in Columbia is Murry’s, though she said 44 Stone Public House does have the best hamburger in town.
She said being principal of Battle High is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and she is excited for all that lies ahead for the school and its students.
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Updated: May 8, 2014