Board of Education Draws New Elementary School Boundaries

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COLUMBIA - The Columbia Board of Education approved a scenario for the new attendance boundaries for the Eliot Battle Elementary school at its monthly meeting Monday night.

The scenario will affect roughly 360-380 students and will merge Alpha Heart Elementary and Two Mills Elementary. 

Superintendant Peter Stiepleman said the district wants to focus on growth in that area, and it doesn't want to start the new school over capacity.

The school board also re-elected Christine King as president and Jim Whitt as vice president. 

The board also heard from Superintendent Chris Belcher in regards to the Common Core Curriculum.

"The cut-off scores for the standardized testing has been raised," Belcher said. "The board should be prepared for the scores to drop 15-20%."

Belcher cautioned the board about worrying too much, saying the tests do not test facts "that just anyone can Google," and that the test measures how students think.

Belcher says Common Core Standards help schools to create a baseline from which to base its curricula against. 

The school board also discussed, and voted to approve, the grant proposal for the city's new Nature School.