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K-12 Education

Telling Missouri’s tale one tile at a time

Heinrich Leonhard dabs a brush into glaze the color of scrambled eggs and applies it gently to raised shapes on a ceramic tile. “Just a bit of yellow so it’s not all white,” the artist tells the tile’s maker, Abir Siraji, a fourth-grader at Grant Elementary School. “Sometimes limestone comes in all sorts of colors.” Abir’s tile is part of a larger project under way across the fourth grade at Grant as students learn Missouri geography, government and history.

Permanent substitute teachers on school budget chopping block

Columbia Public School’s remaining permanent substitute positions may be cut in the next draft of the budget.

School board still struggles with cuts

Math and literacy coaches, beginner and veteran teachers, outreach counselors, two principals and parents all offered perspectives on what they think is vital to the success of Columbia students.

School board to vote on proposed boundary lines for new school

The Columbia Public School board will meet Monday to vote on proposed boundary lines for the new elementary school and to further discuss the 2008-09 budget.

New School Board vice president thinks a more positive sell would help

Steve Calloway sat down recently to answer questions about the voters’ rejection of the levy increase and about life on the new Columbia School Board.

Partners In Health cofounders speak to Rock Bridge High School class

Paul Farmer and Ophelia Dahl, co-founders of Partners In Health, spoke to a Rock Bridge classroom on Tuesday.

Benton Elementary K Club works to improve school grounds

Members of the Benton Elementary School K Club began working on additions to the school’s outdoor classroom Tuesday night.

School superintendent to take a voluntary pay cut

Phyllis Chase, superintendent of Columbia Public Schools, said she will voluntarily cut her $200,340 salary, but has not said what the amount of that cut will be. The school board has been searching for ways to cut $10 million from the 2008-09 budget.

Gas leak prompts evacuation of Columbia Public Schools' administration building

After construction crews hit a gas line, the Columbia Fire Department responded and employees were evacuated for fewer than 30 minutes.

Commissions seek public input for high school site plan

Columbia and Boone County’s joint planning and zoning commissions will hold a public meeting about the site and want a plan to help guide the project’s growth.

A new place for play at Parkade: 'More jungle gyms,' 'new monkey bars,' 'a football field'

Students at Parkade Elementary School speak their minds about what kind of play equipment they would like with the new grant approved by the City Council.

House: Pair teacher councils and districts on contract talks

It's an attempt to set up a structure for collective bargaining.

Internet safety night advises parents to stay involved

Panelists gave parents advice on protecting their children from dangers on the Internet at the forum hosted by Columbia Public Schools.

Final Speak Your Mind forum addresses Internet issues

Hickman High School students focused their questions on the issues of free and anonymous speech on the Internet.

Latin classes celebrate with Toga Day

Columbia Independent School students studying Latin prepared skits and donned togas for the 10th annual celebration of Toga Day.

School board to discuss budget at Thursday night meeting

The Columbia School Board will continue discussion of the 2008-09 budget Thursday. The public may comment.

Room 100 down to no mold

The classroom in Benton Elementary School, previously found to have elevated levels of mold, now has no mold, and the school's principal said the room should open again by May 1.

Mold findings force kindergarten class to relocate

A kindergarten classroom in Benton Elementary School found mold last week. The students have been moved temporarily as the school cleans out the contaminated room.

Board cuts two work days from teacher contracts

The Columbia Public School Board voted on contracts at its meeting Monday night, causing starting teacher salary to drop from $34,353 to $33,989.

Parent asks School Board for permission to move children

Heather Sheridan, who has two sons at Benton Elementary, is concerned about the school’s mold problem. Asthma and nosebleeds have been attributed to the mold.

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