K-12 Education

Pruitt, King win seats on Columbia School Board

Now, the majority of members on the Columbia School Board have been on hand for a year or less. That means a lot of on-the-job training and a fair dose of excitement.

PHOTO GALLERY: Voters turn out for City Council, School Board elections

Columbia residents are casting their ballots for the Second Ward and Sixth Ward City Council members and school board elections Tuesday until 7 p.m.

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VOTER REACTION: Thoughts from voters at Shepard Boulevard Elementary School

What voters had to say at Shepard Boulevard Elementary about the Sixth Ward elections

VOTER REACTION: Voters at Trinity Presbyterian Church want fiscally prudent schools

The budget for the city and Columbia Public Schools were key issues for those voters who turned out Tuesday morning.

VOTER REACTION: Residents share thoughts at Rock Bridge Christian Church

Voters at Rock Bridge Christian Church had these thoughts about Tuesday's election.

VOTER REACTION: Residents discuss school board choices

A trickle of voters showed up Tuesday morning at the Columbia Public Library to choose two school board members from among nine candidates.

Former Columbia deputy superintendent hired to lead in Fulton

Jacque Cowherd, a name well known for years in Columbia Public Schools, was named the Fulton Public School District's new superintendent on Monday. Cowherd has worked in education for more than 30 years. 

Students question Columbia School Board candidates at forum

Rock Bridge Young Democrats hosted a forum for school board candidates on Tuesday.

Teens can earn money by choosing self-employment

Teens who can't find regular work might consider babysitting or errand-running, among other entrepreneurial jobs.

Tips for teens seeking to land that summer gig

Teens seeking summer jobs should practice interviewing and cast a wide net, among other things, experts say.

School board candidate profiles

NAACP hosts forum for City Council, school board candidates

The candidates fielded questions Tuesday night that centered on concerns of the First Ward.

Sorg: Passionate about parental involvement

Adam Sorg thinks his experiences making ends meet while still keeping his son a priority are strong qualifications in his bid for the Columbia School Board.

Pruitt: Committed to math, budget reform

Michelle Pruitt's commitment to Columbia Public Schools is underscored by years of committee work, much of it focused on reforming how math is taught.

Bledsoe: Give teachers flexibility

Passionate about math, Marc Bledsoe thinks teachers should have the freedom to teach in ways that work best for students.

Phillips: 'Lawyer mentality' a plus

Board candidate Sam Phillips wants to see more interaction and conversation between the Columbia School Board and the district's teachers.

Holt: Experience comes firsthand

With four children, a wife who is a teacher and his background in education policy, Dan Holt thinks he has valuable insight into the issues before the Columbia Public Schools.

King: Communication is the basis for everything

In her bid for the Columbia School Board, Christine King doesn't have an agenda, but she definitely has a message: Communicate.

Flippin: Columbia Public School District is strong; let's keep it that way

Greg Flippin said he wants to be on the Columbia School Board because he wants to be a part of keeping the district in great shape and because he thinks the district's problems are fixable.

Jeannine Craig points to experience, objectivity as assets in Columbia School Board election

As Jeannine Craig followed the challenges before the Columbia School Board, she thought back to her years as a former school board president in northern Illinois. Now, she's ready to serve on another school board.