Ed Schumacher tapped as Smithton Middle School principal

Friday, June 6, 2014 | 8:44 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A new principal will roam the hallways at Smithton Middle School in the fall. 

If approved by the Columbia School Board, Russell Boulevard Elementary School principal Ed Schumacher will be Smithton's new principal, according to a Columbia Public Schools news release.

The district's recommendation will go to the board for official consideration. The board's next meeting is 6:30 p.m. Monday, but the item was not on the agenda as of Friday afternoon.

Schumacher would replace principal Jean Selby, who will take a position with the Belton School District near Kansas City, according to the release.

Schumacher, who received a doctorate in education from St. Louis University, has 15 years of experience as an elementary school principal in the district. He taught for seven years at Liberty Junior High School, now a middle school, of Liberty Public Schools. He also served as a principal of a parochial school for 10 years, according to the release.

If the hire is approved, Schumacher's new office will be just 2.2 miles down the road from his old one.

Peter Stiepleman, the district's incoming superintendent, said in the release that Schumacher's connection to Russell students and families will help ease his transition because the school feeds into Smithton.

"Dr. Schumacher's leadership experiences in elementary through junior high, knowledge of instructional strategies, interventions, processes, and communication style make him a strong match for Smithton Middle School," he said.

Supervising editor is Samuel Hardiman

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