Q & A: Columbia Public Schools Making Way Through Redistricting Process | KBIA

Q & A: Columbia Public Schools Making Way Through Redistricting Process

Feb 4, 2019

The Columbia School Board will have its next meeting on Feb. 11, and it plans on focusing heavily on the current redistricting process. KBIA’s Charlie Clarke spoke with Columbia Missourian reporter Hannah Hoffmeister, who has been covering redistricting in Columbia Public Schools since last fall.


To address overpopulation in schools, CPS decided to open up a seventh middle school and the board chose to redraw school district boundaries. Scott Leopold, an Ohio-based consultant from Cooperative Strategies, is in charge of redrawing the zones and will be the only person making formal recommendations to the board.

650 members of the public completed an online survey that Leopold held. In that survey, four potential maps were presented. He plans on bringing a revised edition of the most voted-on option from the survey to the next meeting.

For more details, visit the district’s website. And for more redistricting coverage, visit columbiamissourian.com