Columbia Public Schools board members rotate leadership roles. The person who got to be president during the coronavirus pandemic is Helen Wade. She says she’s hopeful for in-person classes in the fall, but admits it’s a really uncertain time.
“All options are on the table, and I think that it is the school district’s responsibility to make a solid plan to make sure kids can be educated regardless of what circumstances are in place at the time that school is to resume.”
Wade says she also wants to see progress on teacher pay while managing district growth.She says another goal is boosting student achievement for kids at all levels.
“I think that sometimes we overlook things until they’re right in front of us, and I want to do a better job at making sure that we see things that are needed before they become a major issue.”
Wade is one of four candidates for three open Columbia Public Schools spots in the June 2 election.