Plans for nature-based school will be on display Thursday

Thursday, December 12, 2013 | 12:40 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — The public will get a chance to give input on building plans for the new nature-based elementary school Thursday evening. 

The Columbia Public School District and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources will host the open house from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Neil C. Aslin District Administration Building.


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During that time, people will be able to give their suggestions for the new school, which will allow students to take a hands-on approach to learning about science and nature, according to previous Missourian reporting. The school is set to open in Rock Bridge State Memorial Park for the 2015-2016 school year, Mike Szydlowski, science coordinator for the district, said. 

The plan will allow students in fourth-grade to apply to attend the school during the 2014-2015 school year. One hundred students will be chosen based on a lottery system.

The open house will have five stations to present different aspects of the school. It will focus more on the physical structure of the building rather than the curriculum, Szydlowski said. There will also be a station for kids to talk about how they would envision a nature-based school. 

Administration members from the district and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources will be in attendance and available to answer questions about the school. 

The Neil C. Aslin Administration Building is located at 1818 West Worley St.  

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