COLUMBIA — Most government records are open to the public at no charge. These records give citizens the opportunity to find out what's going on, how their elected officials are spending tax dollars, how the various departments within a governmental entity work and other valuable information needed to make strong decisions for the future. Each week, the Missourian highlights a government record that is available to the public. For a complete list of Show Me the Records, go to http://columbiamissourian.com/records.
The records: Materials related to Columbia School Board meetings, including meeting agendas, minutes and highlights.
Why you’d want them: Members of the public have the right to comment on items the school board will vote on. Columbia Public Schools' website has agendas of items planned for discussion at each meeting and downloadable materials with relevant information. Presentations and minutes are available for every meeting.
Where you get the records: Go to www.columbia.k12.mo.us. On the bar on the top of the screen, mouse over “Board of Ed.” Then, on the drop-down menu, mouse over “Board Meetings.” From there, click on the document you want to view, such as “Agenda,” “Highlights,” “Meeting Materials,” etc., to go to the appropriate page. Most pages are organized according to meeting date; click on the date you want to download the document.
How much it will cost: The information is free.