School Board expected to vote on elementary school name, bond issue

Sunday, February 9, 2014 | 12:00 p.m. CST; updated 1:07 p.m. CST, Monday, February 10, 2014

COLUMBIA — The Columbia School Board is expected to vote Monday on the name for the elementary school under construction in northeast Columbia.

The two proposed names going before the board are Luella St. Clair Elementary School and Eliot Battle Elementary School. Construction on the school began in October 2013.

Luella St. Clair was the first female School Board member and first female president of Christian Female College, which was renamed Columbia College.

Eliot Battle was a Columbia educator for more than 40 years. He and his wife Muriel led the way in integrating Columbia Public Schools. Battle died in June 2013.

A naming committee received more than 30 suggestions for the new school after a two-month open nomination period and narrowed the list to two for the board to vote on.

The board is also expected to vote Monday on whether to issue $50 million in bonds. The board will vote on the authorization to issue the bonds on the public market, district spokeswoman Michelle Baumstark said.

Other scheduled discussion items at Monday's meeting include:

  • A report on a proposed Community Improvement District focused on development of the Business Loop 70 area.
  • A report on college and career readiness from Jolene Yoakum, assistant superintendent for secondary education.
  • An update on the cradle-to-career program.

The school board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the  Neil C. Aslin District Administration Building, 1818 W. Worley St.

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