Other changes made Tuesday include cutting more than $74,000 from the budget for Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's office.
The 153-day year will include longer days so students will have the same amount of instructional time.
Students spent six months drawing, molding and coloring the 64 tiles that comprise the mural, which depicts scientific and cultural events in Boone County's history.
The ninth annual Silent Film/Silent Art Auction will take place at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Missouri Theatre. Lee Expressive Arts Elementary students created art that will sell at the auction, alongside art from teachers, parents, local artists and prominent Nigerian artist Ibiyinka Alao.
Columbia Public Schools has recommended David Wilson and Tori Ballew to fill the positions of director and supervisor of special services respectively. Wilson has been with Columbia Public Schools for 14 years and Ballew has been in education for 13.
Cutting the money will ensure Missouri's partnership with the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium ends.
According to a report released Monday by the Center for Civil Rights Remedies, Missouri suspended black elementary students during the 2011-2012 school year at a higher rate than any other state.
The fourth annual Black History Month Program, put on by students of the Minority Achievement Committee known as MAC Scholars, honored Columbia leaders who worked to better their community and promote racial equality.
Parents have reported dissatisfaction with the district's lack of consistency in calling delayed starts.
Kristi Shinn is the principal of Main Street Elementary School in Troy, Missouri. She has seven years of teaching experience and 13 years of experience as an elementary school principal.
The report released Monday found that Missouri elementary schools suspended 14.4 percent of their black students at least once during the 2011-12 school year, which is the latest data available.
Students choosing to not to take standardized tests — many of which are mandatory — make up a small part of a growing nationwide "opt-out" movement.
Matthew Felts faces felony charges in connection with allegations that he stalked a woman in late December 2014.
A new school scheduled to open in 2018 will relieve overcrowding at Cedar Ridge Elementary School.
This year's regional champion, Rock Bridge junior Neil Cathro, will advance to compete in the Missouri state finals on March 12 in Jefferson City.
The virtual school provision is part of a larger bill aimed at fixing the state's student transfer law, which legislative leaders have said is a top priority this session.
Because of the new device's ability to be used with illegal substances, e-cigarettes are being written into some schools' drug and alcohol policies, meaning students will not only be severely punished for having the devices but will also receive a drug paraphernalia mark on their school record.
Bright Futures Columbia started last month and will strive to provide resources for K-12 students to have an opportunity to be involved in extracurricular activities, including art, band, athletics and other pursuits not held in a traditional classroom.
For Valentine's Day, the kids in Keri Pratt’s kindergarten class at Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School tell what love means to them. It's about mom and dad, family and caring — and even making a treehouse.
The districts say shorter work weeks could help save them money and retain teaching staff.