We had a lively forum with all five candidates for school board attending on March 15 at United Community Builders. You can watch videos of all 5 candidates on the Columbia Tribune’s website. Shelli Adams, CPS Director of School Improvement and a member of the Superintendent’s leadership team also provided an overview of the bond issue and tax levy that will also be on the ballot. For further information on the tax levy you can also read through the on-line dialogue between representatives of the Tribune and CPS.
Our parents had a wide range of questions to ask the candidates. We promised to post all of the questions submitted here and invite further responses. We will post the responses received, so continue to check back! And vote on April 5!
- Should supporting preschool education be a priority for CPS? Why or why not?
- What would you do to boost teacher pay?
- With the ever expanding population of Columbia how would you have community members invest (time or money) in the school district?
- Parents are concerned about the length of the lunch period. Children are not able to get thru the line & eat the lunches in such short amounts of time. What can the district do about this problem?
- How can bullying be addressed at schools?
- What about safety concerns @ school crossing areas where CPD states it is not responsible for traffic?
- How important do you feel it is to work together with board members? and give an example of a successful collaboration you’ve been a part of.
- I recently saw a poll where Columbia has one of the best school districts in Missouri – #12. CPS received an A+ in the area of student culture and diversity. What do you see as contributors to such a stellar grade?
- Increasing parent involvement – removing barriers/restorative justice program – what about parents with a record?
- How would you address the achievement gap in CPS?
- How do you propose closing the achievement gap during the middle years?
- Columbia is segregated by neighborhoods and as a result, schools tend to look like those neighborhoods, ie often NOT very diverse. How should the district address this, if at all?
- Does diversity matter?!
- Black students in CPS are 5.1 times more likely to be suspended as compared to all other groups. How would you use your seat to address this issue?
- How would you promote women and minorities in leadership positions in the Administration and schools throughout the district?
- What are we doing to bring more teachers in for all the current schools and new schools?
- How many students are currently enrolled in CPS? (18,015)
- How do you plan to improve parental engagement in the education process?
- What is your #1 priority as a potential board member?
- If you could change one thing about our schools, what would it be?
- What is an issue you know of or have heard of that you would say is NOT a top priority for CPS? and why?
- What is the most important issue facing the Columbia Public Schools?
Thanks to all who participated and to the CCPTA and the MSTA who co-sponsored the forum!