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.
This year marks the first for the district to close schools while the buildings are used as polling places.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thirty people gathered at Hickman High School on Wednesday night to discuss gang awareness in Columbia public schools.
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.
Because of low attendance, organizers are unsure of the outlook for the U Matter sponsored weekend parties for teens at Going Bonkers.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.