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.
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.
What voters had to say at Shepard Boulevard Elementary about the Sixth Ward elections
The budget for the city and Columbia Public Schools were key issues for those voters who turned out Tuesday morning.
Voters at Rock Bridge Christian Church had these thoughts about Tuesday's election.
A trickle of voters showed up Tuesday morning at the Columbia Public Library to choose two school board members from among nine candidates.
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.
Rock Bridge Young Democrats hosted a forum for school board candidates on Tuesday.
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The candidates fielded questions Tuesday night that centered on concerns of the First Ward.
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.
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.
Passionate about math, Marc Bledsoe thinks teachers should have the freedom to teach in ways that work best for students.
Board candidate Sam Phillips wants to see more interaction and conversation between the Columbia School Board and the district's teachers.
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.
In her bid for the Columbia School Board, Christine King doesn't have an agenda, but she definitely has a message: Communicate.
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.
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.