Peter Stiepleman
Peter Stiepleman

CPS Superintendent Stiepleman to retire

The Columbia Public Schools superintendent is retiring.

Peter Stiepleman made the announcement during Thursday morning’s board of education work session. He said in a written statement it was a decision in the works for a long time.

“I informed the Board of Education over 2 years ago that my eldest son would graduate high school in 2021. I shared how he had joined me at West Boulevard as a kindergartner and that it was my plan to graduate with him – how we’d walk off the stage together as graduates of the Columbia Public Schools. And that’s what we will do.”

Stiepleman has worked in the district for 16 years. He took over as superintendent on July 1, 2014. He will step down at the end of the school year, on June 30, 2021.

His announcement letter did not say what he will do next.

(This story was last updated at 5:18 a.m. Friday.)

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