February 28, 2009
The Columbia Board of Education chose Chris Belcher, currently superintendent of the Kearney R-1 School District, as the new superintendent for Columbia Public Schools starting in July. Belcher, who was born and raised in Kearney and is deeply rooted in the community, said that he will miss “how easy it feels in Kearney," but he wants to find a way to socialize with teachers and students in Columbia, even if it’s just 20 minutes a day.
Chris Belcher eats lunch with students of Kearney Elementary School. About three days a week, Belcher eats with students at one of the schools in his district. "I know I will probably not be able to do this as frequently in Columbia," he said. "(But) it’s an opportunity (for me) to get out into the schools."
Kolby Hayes, 7, left, a first-grader at Dogwood Elementary School in Kearney, tells Superintendent Chris Belcher about a rap called “When I’m kind” that he is writing in class. Belcher emphasizes the direct, personal contact with students and staff, and he tries to visit at least one of the schools in his district every day.
Student work from the schools in the Kearney R-1 School District is displayed in the lobby of the Kearney Board of Education building.
Chris Belcher answers emails in his office. Belcher is well-known throughout his hometown of Kearney and hopes to bring his sense of community to Columbia.
February 27, 2009
Senior Alicia Hatcher loses her grip on the uneven bars shortly before taking a fall at the 29th Annual Cat Classic at Hearnes Center on Friday The meet featured the Tigers against teams from Michigan State, Western Michigan and Cal State Fullerton.
Adrianne Perry, an MU senior, flips during her routine on the balance beam at the 29th Annual Cat Classic on Feb. 27 at Hearnes Center.
Kaitlyn Ritchie, left, and Jessica Giuggioli, right, of Missouri react during their double's match against the Wisconsin at the Green Tennis Center in Columbia on Friday. They lost the match 9-8.
Danielle Day, left, and Sofia Ayala, right, take a break while watching their teammates compete against Wisconsin at the Green Tennis Center in Columbia on Friday.
An American Indian-inspired costume floats above the heads of "March March" parade participants on Friday.
Nora Hargett, 10, holds up her side of a banner as the "March March" parade gets under way on Friday.
April Karlovit prepares to participate in the "March March" parade on Friday.
Alisa Hoyt, left, and Mark Schaedler walk in the "March March" parade on Friday.
Carolyn Magnuson, right, takes a moment to speak to a group of children during the "March March" parade on Friday. Magnuson was handing out pins bearing the words "You are loved" in a variety of languages.
Members of the Missouri Drumline participate in the "March March" parade on Friday.
Participants in the "March March" parade prepare to ride across College Avenue on Friday.
Emily Carney, left, and Jordan Jenkins stand Friday under a spider-shaped umbrella as they prepare to walk in the "March March" parade held in honor of the True/False Film Festival. The parade ran from The Blue Note to the Macklanburg Playhouse on Broadway and featured dozens of costumes, floats and performances.
Drum major Holly Voges, left, teases Teagan Witzig, 3, center, and Steve Witzig as they prepare for the "March March" parade on Friday.
Drum major Holly Voges, left, teases Teagan Witzig, 3, center, and Steve Witzig as they prepare for the "March March" parade held in honor of the True/False Film Festival on Friday. The parade ran from The Blue Note to the Macklanburg Playhouse on Broadway and featured dozens of costumes, floats and performances.
Incumbent Sixth Ward Representative Barbara Hoppe talks with Mehdi Farhangi following a luncheon at the Elm Street Ballroom that was hosted by the Muleskinners, a local Democratic Party club, on Friday afternoon. Hoppe and her opponent, Rod Robinson, answered a range of questions from voters as part of their campaign for the Sixth Ward city council seat.