2011 Small Autonomous School Steering Committee

A proposal now under discussion within Columbia Public Schools would designate three elementary schools — Benton, Ridgeway and Lee — Small Automous Schools.  This model would allow each school autonomy over staffing, budget, curriculum, governance and the school calendar (Schools look at autonomy for 3 elementariesColumbia Daily Tribune, December 14, 2010). Several parents, including a designated PTA liaison, serve on Lee’s Small Autonomous School Steering Committee.

Committee Members

  • Cindy Kilfoyle – K-2 Teacher
  • Kara Johnson – 3-5 Teacher
  • Sally Bloom – Special Education
  • Ann Mehr – Arts Team
  • Bill Horner – PTA Liaison
  • Catherine Rymph – Special Permission Parent representative
  • Tami Gallaway – Neighborhood parent representative
  • Wendy Sims – Partner-in-Education representative
  • Peter Stiepleman – CPS Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education
  • Karen Burger – Principal