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Vol. 44, No. 39

May 18, 2010

Russell Still Joins State Board of Education

Russell C. Still, a Columbia attorney, was sworn in this morning as the newest member of the Missouri State Board of Education.  The board is holding its regular monthly meeting today and tomorrow in Jefferson City. 

Still was appointed to the board last month by Gov. Jay Nixon and confirmed by the Missouri Senate on May 3.  His term runs until July 2017. 

Still is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the University of Missouri School of Law.  He has been a classroom teacher and PTA president.  He served on the Columbia Board of Education for nine years (1996-2005) including one year as president.

“I am deeply respectful of the efforts of classroom teachers throughout the state and appreciate the opportunity to serve on the State Board.  I will make every effort to improve educational opportunities for Missouri’s students,” he said.   

He replaces Dr. Russell Thompson, former superintendent of the Columbia Public Schools, who served 16 years on the State Board of Education. 

The eight-member board currently has one vacancy.  Under the Missouri Constitution, the bipartisan board has general authority to set policy for Missouri’s public school system, pre-kindergarten through grade 12.