Former elementary school principal files for seat on board

Monday, December 24, 2007 | 1:45 p.m. CST; updated 12:51 a.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008

COLUMBIA — A former Columbia school principal is the first to file her candidacy for one of three spots on the Columbia Board of Education that will be filled in the April election.

Rosie Tippin, 70, who retired as principal of West Boulevard Elementary School in 2004, has made her candidacy official. Tippin, originally from St. Louis, has lived in Columbia for 37 years. She has taught locally as well as in St. Louis and Pennsylvania. She said she’s counting on her experience to win voters’ support.

“As a teacher, I have spent most of my time with young people,” Tippin said. “That’s the motivation to run for school board.”

As a retiree, Tippin has been involved with Bible studies, distribution of food and clothes to the homeless and volunteer work with children from low-income families.

If elected, she said, she would work for the welfare and educational excellence of local students.

There are three three-year terms available on the school board. The terms of board Vice President Darin Preis and members David Ballenger and Tom Rose are set to expire. Rose was appointed last spring to replace Don Ludwig, who stepped down after his wife landed a job in school district administration.

Preis, 37, has not yet filed but said he plans to seek re-election to the board. He, too, said his experience should be a valuable asset. If elected, he said he would continue working on closing the achievement gap for Columbia students.

“I will seek better nutrition and physical activities in schools,” he said.

Preis also noted that the school district is preparing to begin construction on a new elementary school and a new high school and said he would like to help the school board see those projects through to completion.

Neither Rose nor Ballenger could be reached for comment about whether they plan to run for re-election.

The deadline for people to file school board candidacies is Jan. 27. Those interested can file at the school district administration building, 1818 W. Worley St.

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