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K-12 Education

Students' trip offers chance to study Japanese language and culture

In July, 14 students from Oakland, Jefferson and West junior high schools plan to embark on a 15-day trip to Japan. The biennial youth exchange is part of Columbia’s sister city program with Hakusan City in central Japan.

Columbia School Board to discuss budget reduction

The board will consider seven possible ways the district can save money, including a possible reduction in staff, a freeze on staff salary increases and a delay in purchases of technology.

Chinese New Year

Students learn about Chinese culture

Dozens of sixth-graders at Smithton Middle School experienced the Chinese New Year Thursday by pronouncing their Chinese names, speaking Chinese congratulations, eating Chinese dumplings with chopsticks and learning Chinese traditions.

Facebook: Friend or foe among high school students and teachers?

A new bill proposes a stop to student-teacher interaction via social networking Web sites, but some teachers and students argue this interaction is useful for quick communication and the success of school-related clubs.

Hickman High School students vote in mock election

The fact that a majority of Hickman High School students fall short of the voting age didn’t stop them from making their voices heard Tuesday morning.

Committee recommends turning Field Elementary into early childhood center

The Elementary Enrollment Planning Committee recommends that the Field Elementary School building be used as a district-wide early childhood center when the new elementary school in Columbia opens for the 2009-2010 academic year.

Columbia could receive 5 to 7 inches of snow

Forecasters updated predictions for Thursday for the winter storm heading toward Missouri. Columbia could receive a total of 5 to 7 inches of snow.

School district considers revamping the way it pays employees

The move would cost the district more money because it would increase salaries.

Wellness could lower school district’s costs

To lower long-term health care costs, the Columbia Public School District is looking to start a program to encourage its roughly 2,000 employees to live healthier.

Seven candidates to vie for three school board seats

Three new school board candidates submitted their candidacy on the district’s last day for filing.

Student at Douglass High found in possession of knife

Police responded to a call this morning that a 16-year-old student had a knife at Douglass High School.

Plans take shape for third high school

Preliminary sketches for Columbia’s new high school were released at last week’s school board meeting. Take a look at them here.

Plans for new high school revealed

Plans for the third comprehensive Columbia high school feature a two-story building with core classrooms, resource centers for students, teacher planning centers, commons areas, a competition gym and an auditorium.

School board unanimously approves tax levy proposal

Facing a $10.3 million budget shortfall, the Columbia School Board gave the go-ahead to putting a property-tax levy increase before voters this April.

School board faces $10 million deficit; expected to ask for tax increase

The Columbia School Board is looking for a way to offset a nearly $10 million budget deficit; the board will discuss a 54 cent property tax increase at tonight’s meeting.

Resource officers pulled from schools

Three Columbia Public Schools resource officers were pulled out of schools on Monday to patrol the streets of Columbia.

Fire damages Grant Elementary trailer

A fire early Sunday damaged the interior of a trailer at Grant Elementary School that normally houses a fifth-grade class.

School diversity: Does it matter?

As Columbia Public Schools prepare to redraw school boundary lines, how should the district take cultural diversity into account? Should it be taken into account?

Former elementary school principal files for seat on board

Rosie Tippin said experience will be her primary asset; Darin Preis says he plans to seek re-election.

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