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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.

Ben Tilley named new CPS assistant superintendent

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Columbia Public Schools

The Columbia Board of Education named Ben Tilley as the new assistant superintendent for Columbia Public Schools beginning July 1. 

Tilley will replace Peter Stiepleman, who has been selected as the district’s next superintendent.

Tilley says he has similar goals as Stiepleman when it comes to the district.

“I would like to work specifically with the schools on those goals because we know if we can close the achievement gap for kids, that we can help them to achieve at higher and higher levels which mean success in life basically,” Tilley said.

Tilley says thanks to his previous experience he doesn’t feel any pressure filling this new role.

“I have eighteen years now in education," Tilley said. "I’ve worked as a second grade teacher, an assistant principal, a principal, assistant director of our office of research, now in Title I this school year.” 

Stiepleman says in a news release that Tilley’s experiences with Title I and non-Title schools, combined with his data and business background, create an optimal opportunity for a seamless and successful transition.

Tilley is currently the supervisor of Title I programs and the director of summer school. 

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