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Columbia Board of Education narrows superintendent search; 3 candidates announced

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The Columbia Board of Education is holding a virtual forum with candidates for the next CPS superintendent. Dr. Erick Pruitt, left, Dr. Chace Ramey, center, Dr. Brian Harold Yearwood, right.


The Columbia Board of Education announced its shortlist of superintendent candidates Monday.

A release sent out before noon said the board of education has narrowed the search to three candidates. The board hopes to have a new superintendent selected by the end of the month.

Monday night, the board of education is expected to discuss an update on the superintendent search. The board's meeting agenda said many other items will be discussed, including a consideration to send students to in-person classes five days a week.

Current Columbia Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Peter Stiepleman announced in October that he would retire at the end of the school year. Stiepleman has served as the superintendent since 2014 after being hired on as a teacher.

The board of education is reveiwing candidates who currently work outside of Missouri.

Dr. Erick Pruitt, deputy chief of high school for Chicago Public Schools, Dr. Chace Ramey, chief operating officer for the Iowa City Community School District, and Dr. Harold Brian Yearwood, chief operations officer for Manor Independent School District in Manor, Texas, have been potentially selected for the district's top position.

The release included information about all three candidates.

School officials will hold a virtual public forum with the candidates on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. It will be livestreamed on the district's website and TV station.

The release said the district's superintendent search firm, Ray & Associates, will moderate the forum with the board of education members being present as well.

Columbia residents can submit questions to the candidates, they need to be submitted by 8 a.m. on the day of the forum.

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Matt Ragsdale

Matt Ragsdale is a broadcast and digital producer at ABC 17 News.


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