School board taking questions for superintendent candidate Q-and-A

Thursday, March 6, 2014 | 9:04 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — The Columbia School Board is asking school district employees and community members to send in questions in advance of a Tuesday meet-and-greet event with the two finalists for Columbia Public Schools superintendent.

Questions can be submitted to Bob Watkins, the Missouri School Boards' Association Search Consultant, at no later than Monday.

The event's moderator, former district Superintendent Jim Ritter, will ask the candidates five of the submitted questions.

Each candidate will be introduced, make a statement, answer their five questions and make a closing statement. Each candidate will then have the opportunity to walk around the room and meet with attendees in a more "social atmosphere," district President Christine King said.

The candidates will appear separately at the event. They will both be posed the same questions.

The Board of Education and the candidates will not know the questions before the event, according to an email sent by district spokeswoman Michelle Baumstark.

The event will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Neil C. Aslin District Administration Building, 1818 W. Worley St. 

Dred Scott, deputy superintendent for the Independence School District, and Peter Stiepleman, assistant superintendent for CPS's elementary education, are the finalists to succeed Chris Belcher as superintendent of the Columbia district.

Supervising editor is Allie Hinga.

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