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      Stiepleman has first day as Superintendent

      Dr. Stiepleman spent most of his first day preparing for his first school board meeting as superintendent.

      The new leader of Columbia Public Schools had a day of firsts on Tuesday.

      Dr. Peter Stiepleman officially replaced retired School Superintendent Dr. Chris Belcher by moving into his office.

      Dr. Stiepleman is a familiar face in Columbia.

      He has held various positions throughout the school system including the assistant superintendent for elementary education.

      He spent most of his day preparing for his first school board meeting as superintendent.

      Dr. Stiepleman said, ??We also sent out a message to every staff member through the district to talk about what we want to do as a district by focusing on achievement, enrichment and opportunity.??

      Dr. Stiepleman said his main priority is helping at-risk students.