Jonathan Sessions for School Board
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I was elected to the Columbia Public School’s Board of education seven years ago and over those years I’ve worked tirelessly to position our schools—and our children—for the future.
Since elected to the board, I’ve worked to stabilize the district’s finances during challenging economic times, expand and improve our schools, and ensure that all students have the opportunity to excel.
Thanks to the community’s overwhelming support, we’ve opened Muriel Battle High, Eliot Battle Elementary, Beulah Ralph Elementary, and The Center for Early Learning North while also funding needed additions to other schools. Because of this, we were able to reduce class sizes and begin a 10 year program to phase out trailers and put all our students in safe, brick and mortar classrooms. We’re ahead of schedule on that front with only 51 trailers still in use, down from 165 just six years ago. And yes, I’m also pleased to report that all our schools are now air conditioned.
Even more important than the quality of our facilities is the quality of our children’s education. We’ve all heard Dr. Stiepleman’s rallying cry of “achievement, enrichment, opportunity” and that’s a goal I take to heart as well.
The opening of Battle High brought with it a reorganization of our entire district, from kindergarten to senior year. This means looking at alternatives to standard curricula to better serve all our students. Because of this Benton Elementary is now a STEM magnet elementary school, both Lee and Ridgeway Elementary Schools have greater ability to innovate as Autonomous Schools, and we’re currently planning magnet schools for both STEM and the arts on the middle school level. All four of our high schools now have Career Center programs on site and we have revitalized our alternative high school program at Douglass to give all students a greater opportunity to succeed.
Successfully preparing our young people for their futures is both a moral and an economic imperative for our community. As we prepare our students to take on vital roles in our society, I am always aware that this must be a community effort. I’ve been thankful for your support over the years and once again, I am asking for your help as I continue my efforts to ensure the best education for all of Columbia’s children.
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