In a move that would partner the Columbia School District with MU, the Columbia School Board on Monday plans to discuss an $800,000 grant to enhance science education in the district.
As part of No Child Left Behind legislation, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education plans to disburse grant money meant to partner schools with other institutions concerned with science and mathematics education.
The Columbia board will decide whether to apply for a grant that would fund an MU summer academy, providing training for high school science teachers in the district.
The board is also set to vote on budget amendments meant to eliminate achievement disparities among groups of students. The proposed changes include participating in the Minority Student Achievement Network and initiating an ACT review program to prepare minority students for the test.
Approval of the amendments would also provide Field Elementary with additional funding for language arts intervention materials.
The Long-Range Facilities Planning Committee is asking the board to consider adding an educational planner, Daniel Keck, who would be responsible for assisting the committee in determining the future use of existing facilities. The short-term position would total 175 to 200 hours, at $75 per hour, in addition to district-approved travel costs.
The board is also scheduled to consider adding artificial turf at the Hickman and Rock Bridge high school fields. Initial estimates range from $525,000 to $650,000 per field. The district says it spends about $25,000 per year to maintain each field.
The proposed fields would be funded by a combination of district reserves and additional funds raised by each school.
The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the district’s administration building, 1818 W. Worley St.