Columbia Public Schools by the numbers

Thursday, August 19, 2010 | 12:41 p.m. CDT



  • First day of school 2009-2010: 17,381
  • Total 2009-2010: 17,419
  • Projected total 2010-2011: 17,747

Free and reduced-price lunches

  • The district estimates that 36 percent of its students will be eligible for free or reduced-price lunches.


  • Number of full-time teachers for 2009-2010 school year: 1,266
  • Number of full-time teachers for 2010-2011: 1,241


  • School buses running daily: about 145


  • The National Weather Service forecast shows a high of 91 degrees for Thursday.
  • Columbia Public Schools will announce any heat-related early dismissals by 10 p.m. on the evening before any given school day.
  • The following schools operate without air conditioning: Jefferson Junior High; West Junior High; Lee Elementary; Midway Heights Elementary; New Haven Elementary; Ridgeway Elementary; and Two Mile Prairie Elementary.

Sources: Michelle Baumstark, community relations coordinator for Columbia Public Schools, and Blake Tekotte, district support for Columbia Public Schools.

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