CPS Board of Education approves Lee Elementary naming committee members

Board votes no for Broadway Hotel TIF

CPS Board of Education votes no for...

COLUMBIA, Mo. - During a work session Thursday morning, the Columbia Public School District's Board of Education approved a list of members to be on the Lee Elementary renaming committee.

The approval came not even 15 minutes into the work session and was approved unanimously.

Michelle Baumstark, spokesperson for CPS, said administration used something online called Random Picker to draw the members randomly from the list of people who submitted an application to be on the committee.

Baumstark said they used the program to draw the members of each category, minus the three who were previously chosen not at random.

Two of the ten members have not notified administration as to whether or not they are still willing to be on the committee, Baumstark said.

If they do not agree to be on the committee, two different people from the list of applicants will be randomly drawn to be the replacements.

During the work session, board members also discussed a tax increment financing, or TIF, for the Broadway Hotel.

CPS has representation on the TIF commission and the board needed to discuss what its stance on the TIF was, so the representatives can properly vote at the commission meeting Oct. 30.

Some of the board members thought approving the TIF would mean they are rolling the dice and hoping it would pay off in 23 years, which is when the district would see the money.

After discussion, the board voted to vote no for the TIF at the next commission meeting.

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