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Election DayI was elected to the Columbia Public School’s Board of education four years ago. Since then I have worked tirelessly to position our schools for the future.

Columbia’s schools have weathered challenging economic times during which we increased fund balances and opened Battle High, Columbia’s third comprehensive high school. Thanks to our community’s overwhelming approval of a bond issue and levy in 2012, the district also reduced class sizes and began a ten-year program to put all our students in safe, brick and mortar classrooms, not trailers.

But the quality of our children’s education is even more important than the physical space. The opening of Battle High brought with it a reorganization of our entire secondary model and from kindergarten to senior year we are aligning curriculum to the Common Core State Standards. We continue to look at alternatives to standard curricula to better serve all our students. Benton Elementary is now a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) magnet elementary school. In August, 2015, we will open a Nature School for fifth graders in Rock Bridge State Park. Lee and Ridgeway Elementary Schools now have greater ability to innovate as Autonomous Schools. Finally, we have revitalized our alternative high school program at Douglass to give all students a greater opportunity to succeed. As the nation’s economy continues to evolve, we continue to modify our approaches to prepare all of Columbia’s students for both post-secondary education and their careers.

Successfully preparing our young people for their futures is both a moral and an economic imperative for our community. Our excellent school system is key to our city’s vibrant economy and high quality of life. I would appreciate your support as I continue my efforts to ensure the best education for all of Columbia’s children.

Thank you,

Jonathan Sessions

Jonathan Sessions

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