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Blake Willoughby and Della Streaty-Willhoit elected to CPS board

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Blake Willoughby and Della Streaty-Willhoit have been elected to serve on the CPS Board of Education.

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Willoughby said he’s appreciative to voters and is excited to work in his new role.

“Thank you to Columbia for the votes, thank you for trusting me and Della in these open seats to fill them and make the district the best it can be for our kids,” he said.
Della Streaty-Wilhoit said she looks forward to serving on the board and communicating with the community.

“I’m very pleased how Columbia and the school board has embraced me and I appreciate that very much,” she said.

Willoughby said he hopes to integrate the arts into education and provide more equity within district boundary changes. Willoughby said if elected, he would bring a young perspective to the school board.

Streaty-Wilhoit said she looks to close the achievement gap and wants the district to provide more science, technology engineering and mathematics education at a younger grade level.

Three candidates were seeking two open seats on the CPS board.

Tuesday night candidate Jay Atkins said he’s heard this election has had higher voter turnout in comparison to the last municipal election.

“It’s always nice when we see new energy in the election and I’m excited about it,” he said. “I’m looking forward to seeing how it goes.”Atkins has greatly focused on literacy. If elected, he said he hopes to improve student reading proficiency at the elementary level and expand education for gifted students.

Candidate Della Streaty-Wilhoit said if elected, she looks to close the achievement gap and wants the district to provide more science, technology engineering and mathematics education at a younger grade level.

Candidate Blake Willoughby said he hopes to integrate the arts into education and provide more equity within district boundary changes. Willoughby said if elected, he would bring a young perspective to the school board.

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