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: The Board of Education for Columbia Public Schools voted in 2010 on a 5-year plan to improve schools according to the district's mission and goals. The plan's progress is evaluated by district officials on an ongoing basis and modified as needed.
Why you'd want them: To be kept up to date with the goals public schools are working to achieve by 2015 and to have a means of measuring the current success of schools based on these intended 5-year goals.
Where you get the records: Go to http://www.columbia.k12.mo.us/csip.php, and click the link under the heading "The Plan."
How much it will cost: The information is free.