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Below the overview of the district are links to KBIA's coverage of Columbia 93 district schools, updated as more stories are published. Columbia 93 at a glanceThe Columbia 93 school district currently includes 32 different schools. In 2014, the district had a k-12 enrollment of 17,204 students, which is 2% of the total k-12 enrollment for the state. Enrollment has been slightly increasing in recent years, 2% since 2011. While a small percent, that amounts to almost 400 more students. There have also been major re-drawing of attendance areas with the addition of Battle High School. Middle school attendance areas shape high school boundaries 00000178-cc7d-da8b-a77d-ec7d2f9e0000The changes have affected all schools in the district, including causing high school attendance to increase and overcrowding at one middle school at least.

Incoming superintendent plans to meet with predecessor

Heather Adams

The Columbia Board of Education announced Friday that Peter Stiepleman will be the district’s new superintendent.

The Columbia Board of Education met for about four and a half hours Thursday night deciding between the two candidates. Christine King is the school board president. She says that because Stiepleman is already familiar with the schools and community he is well educated on what problems the district needs to fix. King says as an internal candidate they knew Stiepleman would communicate well with the school board.

“Those are things an external candidate, unfortunately, just may not be able to demonstrate how well they would work with the board” King says.

Stiepleman says when he went to schools during the interview process, he would see children he already knew and was excited to greet them.

He says that because he is already a part of the Columbia Public Schools he will meet with outgoing Superintendent Chris Belcher to make a plan for a smooth transition.

“He has created an incredible model, one that exists here in the community that he has listening groups, advisory groups,” Stiepleman says. “So I would anticipate doing the same type of work or joining them, to be able to hear exactly what people are thinking.”

Steipleman says that taking over as superintendent is not about changing the district’s goals but possibly increasing intensity or working smarter.

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