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: Columbia Public Schools has webpage that shows school boundaries. Residents can use their addresses to find out which schools they or their children will attend.
Why you'd want them: You can find out where you or your children will attend school. That information could be used when buying a house or changing neighborhoods.
Where you get the records: Go to columbia.k12.mo.us/attendance_area.php?SelectYear=2014. Information is also available about the structure of feeder schools and the district's English Language Learners program.
How much it will cost: The information is free.