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JC Schools Board to tackle policy updates, STEM school plans

by News Tribune Staff | October 19, 2022 at 4:02 a.m.

The Jefferson City School District Board of Education will meet Thursday night to discuss policy updates and the process for making a STEM school within the district.

The policy committee met earlier this month to give initial approval to a handful of policies to bring them in line with Missouri School Boards' Association's updates and Missouri statute.

Those updates will now go before the whole board for its approval.

Also under new business is an agenda item labeled "Approve the process of making Thorpe Gordon Elementary the district's first elementary STEM school."

Superintendent Bryan McGraw broached the subject of a STEM school, which is a school focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, at last month's board meeting, designating Thorpe Gordon Elementary School the ideal candidate because of its proximity to Jefferson City High School and Nichols Career Center, which can offer labs and workshop spaces. McGraw said discussions and plans had been under way for months. On Thursday, the process will go before the board.

McGraw will also lead discussion of bond options, an item that came before the board during a work session earlier in the month. During that meeting, the board looked at a list of district needs that could potentially be solved with a bond issue, including technology upgrades, remodeling, paying off certificates of participation, completing athletic facilities, and a new building for Nichols Career Center's building trades class.

The board will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at 204 Dix Road.

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