Columbia School Board expected to vote Monday on attendance boundaries

Friday, February 10, 2012 | 6:18 p.m. CST; updated 2:13 p.m. CST, Monday, February 13, 2012

COLUMBIA — Columbia Public Schools students might know soon where they will attend school when the district opens Battle High School in fall 2013.

The Columbia School Board is expected to vote on whether to approve Scenario B for high school and intermediate school attendance boundaries at its meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Neil C. Aslin Administration Building, 1818 W. Worley St.


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Once Battle opens, the grade levels will be reconfigured so that grades six through eight will go to intermediate schools and grades nine through 12 will go to high schools.

The recommendations to the board came from the Secondary Enrollment Planning Committee, which worked to develop the boundary scenarios.

Don Ludwig, co-chairman of the committee, said he thinks the board will adopt the recommended scenario. He said the public has generally been accepting of the boundary changes, and he was interested to see what kind of comments would be made Monday evening.

Superintendent Chris Belcher will present budget parameters for the 2012-13 district budget. Parameters up for approval include:

  • The district will ask taxpayers to vote on a 40-cent tax levy increase to go toward its operating budget in April 2012.
  • The district is not planning to reduce staff positions to supplement existing operating fund gaps.
  • The district will operate all salary schedules, which means faculty and staff will receive their scheduled yearly salary increases, as well as salary increases for advancement in education. The district will also continue to fund employee benefits programs.

Other agenda items the board is expected to vote on:

  • The Board of Education Finance Committee and district administration plan to recommend the board authorize the sale of about $60 million in bond issues to go toward projects such as the construction of Battle High School, air-conditioning and window projects and two new gymnasiums at Hickman and Rock Bridge high schools. This bond issue sale is part of the $120 million dollar issue approved by voters in April 2010.
  • The board will vote to award bids to fund air conditioning projects at Grant, Lee, Ridgeway and Midway Heights elementary schools and Field School. 

The board meeting will also include first public readings of revisions to current policies.

  • The board will review the updated intradistrict transfer policy and look at the intradistrict transfer policy in regards to redistricting. Under the proposed policy, current ninth-graders assigned to Rock Bridge or Hickman for the 2013-14 school year can ask to transfer a year early for the 2012-13 school year. Also, students who will be sophomores or juniors in fall 2013 with a senior sibling at Rock Bridge or Hickman can ask to transfer to their sibling's school.
  • The district will present a reading of its proposed guidelines for relationships between students and staff as well for electronic communications between them. The policy addresses requirements from Senate Bill 1 and Senate Bill 54.

The policies will receive their first readings Monday and go to the board for a vote at its Feb. 23 meeting.

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Ray Shapiro February 12, 2012 | 5:21 p.m.

CPS is such great stewards of our property tax monies that we should be happy to handover anything they ask for in appreciation for their bloated factory approach to running our district's bureaucratic institutionalization of our children.
More money, power and influence to 'em!

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Mike Martin February 12, 2012 | 7:54 p.m.

Compliments of your tax dollars and bond debt:

DEVELOPERS UNVEIL: Huge new subdivision next to Battle High School

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