Leaders chose new superintendent at Columbia Public Schools
Updated On: Mar 14 2014 04:44:14 PM CDT
On Friday officials at Columbia Public Schools announced they have selected a new leader.
Dr. Peter Stiepleman will become the next superintendent, after Dr. Chris Belcher retires June 30.
Stiepleman was the assistant superintendent for elementary education in Columbia.
"It's not about changing course but really focusing on those thing that we value and going deeper," said Stiepleman on Friday.
The district says the search process started almost two months ago.
Board members recently reviewed 18 applications and chose two finalists after a last round of interviews.
The other candidate was Dr. Dred Scott, who is the deputy superintendent for Independence schools near Kansas City.
The board held a meeting Wednesday for nearly five hours, after a public question and answer session the previous night.
Stiepleman began his career in Oakland, California, before he started teaching at Derby Ridge Elementary in Columbia. He eventually became principal at West Boulevard Elementary and has served in his current position for just four years.
Victoria's Bridal owner charged with theft
Columbia man charged with murder in death of his wife
Three arrested in drug bust at Sedalia business
Police search for suspects in two late-night attacks downtown
Ladybug-like bugs infesting Missouri homes
Police respond to armed robbery at Columbia gas station
Hwy. 54 closed in Jefferson City for semi-truck crash
Columbia man arrested for child porn
Celebs go Halloween trick-or-treating too
Foreign celebrities you thought were American