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An artist's rendering of the Boone County Nature School (2022 graphic courtesy of CPS' Michelle Baumstark)

Columbia’s school board to swear-in new members and discuss nature school on Monday

An artist’s rendering of the Boone County Nature School (2022 graphic courtesy of CPS’ Michelle Baumstark)

Columbia’s school board will meet tonight to vote to accept the results of Tuesday’s election, and the oath of office will be given to Suzette Waters and Blake Willoughby. Waters and Willouhby won election to a three-year term last week. Willoughby is an incumbent.

CPS Superintendent Dr. Brian Yearwood will also recognize outgoing board vice president Dr. Della Streaty-Wilhoit tonight: she did not seek re-election, and tonight is her final meeting.

The new board will also elect a president, vice president, treasurer and secretary tonight. The meeting begins at 6:30.

Meantime, Columbia’s school board is expected to approve a resolution tonight authorizing financing for the Boone County Nature School construction project. CPS has committed $2-million for the school’s construction, while the Missouri Department of Conservation has committed $1-million for design and land development.

If the board approves tonight’s resolution, the issuance of $2-million in debt would be paid back over 15 years. The Boone County Nature School will be accessible to all fifth-graders in Boone County, and the land was donated by Hank and Vicki Waters.

The Columbia community has already raised more than 93 percent of the $1.5 million fundraising goal.

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