Assistant superintendent retires after 33 years

Skip Deming held a position in curriculum instruction.
Friday, May 14, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 10:10 a.m. CDT, Thursday, July 17, 2008

Skip Deming, assistant superintendent of curriculum instruction, is retiring after 33 years in the Columbia Public School District.

“I’ve done, hopefully, all the good I can do,” said Deming. “I am fortunate and blessed that I had these years and the opportunity with Columbia Public Schools.”

Deming has served as assistant superintendent for the past three years after what he called a three-year “retirement” that he spent at a professional development center at MU. Before that, he was assistant superintendent for elementary education for 11 years.

His successor, Cheryl Cozette, also comes from the same elementary education administration post — Cozette spent six years as assistant superintendent for elementary education.

“Mr. Deming and his team have so many good things going,” said Cozette, who held a similar job in the St. Louis area. “I thought it would be a good opportunity to keep some of the initiative strong that they have begun.”

Jack Jensen, now principal of Smithton Middle School, will become the assistant superintendent for elementary education. He has worked for the district for 25 years, spending all but the past three as a teacher or administrator in elementary school.

“After three years as a middle school principal, I feel it gives me a unique perspective of what elementary kids need to be prepared for middle school,” Jensen said.

Jensen said he hopes to provide every child with the opportunity to achieve at his or her highest level.

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