K-12 Education

Columbia students face harsher punishments for fighting

Under the new guidelines, any student involved in a fight will automatically receive a 10-day out-of-school suspension. Students who endanger or assault a faculty member and repeat offenders may be punished more severely — potentially be suspended for 180 days or an entire school year.

Columbia Public Schools to close for Election Day

This year marks the first for the district to close schools while the buildings are used as polling places.

Representatives offer insight into political parties at Hickman forum

Representatives from the Democratic, Republican, Libertarian, Progressive and Constitution parties — the five parties that will appear on the Missouri ballot — took to the stage Thursday night at a forum hosted by Hickman High School as part of its Speak Your Mind series.

Committee votes on name of new elementary school

The naming committee for the new elementary school held its second and final meeting Wednesday to select a name from the 39 suggestions submitted by members of the community. The selection, Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School, will be submitted to the Board of Education for approval.

Fight at Hickman leads to eight arrests

Seven teenagers were arrested Wednesday morning on suspicion of peace disturbance by fighting following a fight at Hickman High School. An eighth teen was arrested on suspicion of first-degree trespassing.

City, county, school board representatives discuss curfews

Columbia City Council members, Boone County Commissioners and Columbia Board of Education members discussed school dress codes, imposing a city curfew and collaborating to lower youth crime rates.

Columbia Transit unlikely to extend service to new high school

Expanding bus routes to include the new public high school has not yet been discussed because of fuel costs and the economic downturn.

Rock Bridge High School organizations hold mock election

Rock Bridge's Young Democrats and Young Republicans hosted a mock election Tuesday as part of the national VOTES 2008 program. Out of the 1,736 students enrolled at Rock Bridge, 459 voted.

School resource officers focus on education, safety

Columbia police officers serve as school resource officers to help build kids' awareness of officers as well as help with incidents that arise at school.

Student's family concerned about Hickman resource officer's return to school

The family of  Hickman High School student Diamond Thrower, who was injured while attempting to break up a fight on Oct. 15, issued a news release on Thursday expressing concern about a resource officer returning to the school while still under investigation in connection with the incident.

School board sets timeline for superintendent hiring process

The Columbia Public School Board spent its Thursday morning work session setting a timeline to hire a new superintendent and passing a resolution to allow No Child Left Behind tutors to work with students inside their school buildings.

Because of Police Department policy, Brotemarkle returns to Hickman

Hickman High School resource officer Mark Brotemarkle returned to school Monday because a Columbia Police Department policy states that officers are to remain in their positions unless there is a serious incident.

Gang awareness forum stresses importance of communication and involvement

Thirty people gathered at Hickman High School on Wednesday night to discuss gang awareness in Columbia public schools.

New elementary school naming committee begins selection process

The naming committee for the new elementary school held its first meeting Wednesday to discuss the process of selecting a name for the school. The committee went over the board of education's guidelines and began looking through the suggestions submitted by the community.

Uncertain future for teen nights

Because of low attendance, organizers are unsure of the outlook for the U Matter sponsored weekend parties for teens at Going Bonkers.

ANALYSIS: Columbia Public School District's new math curriculum

The Columbia Public School District is planning its new math curriculum for next year. Here's a rundown of the curriculum that may be in place next school year.

Tulips symbolize promise to stay drug-free

Plant the Promise is a new drug and alcohol awareness project involving Columbia's youth. During the next few weeks, local children will participate by planting bulbs around the community.

Columbia police officer apologizes to Hickman student and her mother

Columbia police Officer Mark Brotemarkle has apologized to Diamond Thrower and her mother for propelling Thrower to the ground during a fight that occurred at around noon on Wednesday at Hickman High School, according to a news release from the Columbia Police Department.

Newspaper: Mo. Teachers pension fund officials living it up

Thousands of taxpayer dollars have been spent by top executives of the Missouri's teachers pension fund. This includes $1,500 bar tabs, company cars, free gas reimburstments for travel unrelated to business, and stays at New York hotels with a rate of $604.39 a night.

Fight at Hickman leads to further investigation

Hickman Resource Officer Mark Brotemarkle is under investigation by the Columbia Police Department with cooperation from Columbia Public Schools after a fight that occurred around noon Wednesday. A Hickman parent has begun collecting signatures for a petition to get Brotemarkle removed from his position.