COLUMBIA PUBLIC SCHOOLS BY THE NUMBERS
- 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
- For information about bus routes, schedules and service zones: www.columbia.k12.mo.us/busroute.php
- 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.