The candidates also discussed evaluating Columbia Public Schools' college and career preparation programs.
School Board candidate Jonathan Sessions said he wants to build a budget that maintains current programs and keep promises to the community to stay on course toward continuous improvement.
Candidates said that community support and involvement make the school district stand out, two candidates support extending the school year in future.
School Board candidate Paul Cushing said he supports non-traditional schools and would like to see more vocational training for Columbia students. Cushing is one of four candidates in the April 8 school board election.
First Ward Columbia City Council candidates received air time on KFRU/1400 AM at the League of Women Voters' candidates forum.
The elementary school's multi-age approach to learning would likely make the move with students and faculty.
Candidates Ginny Chadwick and Bill Easleyanswered questions from an audience of more than 30 people at a candidate forum hosted by the Boone County Muleskinners on Friday.Tyree Byndom, the third candidate, did not attend.
Columbia City Council First Ward candidates Ginny Chadwick and Bill Easley will address audience's questions and concerns at the Muleskinners' lunch-time forum.
Tuesday's forum was an opportunity for candidates in the April 8 election to share their views and knowledge of disability issues in Columbia. About 50 people attended.
Registration must be completed online or postmarked by 5 p.m. Wednesday to be valid for the general municipal election on April 8.
The candidates answered audience questions at a forum hosted by the Muleskinners. Topics included Common Core State Standards, tax increment financing and preschool education in the district.
The four candidates campaigning for the three open seats on the Columbia School Board took questions Thursday during their first public forum.
Three candidates will be on the April 8 ballot to replace Fred Schmidt as the First Ward representative on the Columbia City Council.
Money would go toward equipment replacement and new facilities for the fire district. The issue will go to voters April 8.
Ginny Chadwick and Bill Easleyanswered questions from Chamber of Commerce members. Tyree Byndom, the third candidate, said he could not participate in the forum on religious grounds.
Tom Rose will not seek re-election, and incumbent Helen Wade has not filed so far. The deadline is Jan. 21,2014.
Bob McDavid, Karl Skala and Ian Thomas took their oaths of office Monday to begin their new terms as mayor and Third and Fourth wards councilmen, respectively.
Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid was re-elected to a second term Tuesday, but challengers Karl Skala and Ian Thomas defeated incumbents to win seats on the City Council.
Ian Thomas, former director of the PedNet Coalition, defeated incumbent Daryl Dudley and Bill Weitkemper with more than 47 percent of the vote.
Bob McDavid won with 60.9 percent of the votes and plans to focus a lot of attention on the growth of the business community.