K-12 Education

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.

Animals in the classroom program enhances science lessons

The "critters program," which lets students observe animals and care for them gives science class something extra, and teachers hope it will be long remembered by the students.

Architectural firm hired for new Catholic high school

Peckham and Wright Architects Inc. of Columbia has been chosen as the principal firm to design the future regional Catholic high school.

Columbia schools again selected for award

The annual Distinction in Performance Award notes test scores and attendance rates.

Columbia Public Schools open Monday

Columbia Public Schools will be in session Monday, the district announced Sunday evening. Buses will use snow routes.

By the numbers: Citizens discuss how students can best learn math

The meeting was organized to discuss the ongoing debate of integrated math in the district’s curriculum. About 25 to 30 people opposed to integrated math attended the meeting.

School board votes to discontinue statewide school funding suit

Columbia Public Schools will not participate in the Committee for Educational Equality’s future appeal of the Missouri Supreme Court’s ruling on the statewide school funding lawsuit.

Board to discuss school funding lawsuit

The Columbia Public School Board will decide Monday whether the district will continue with a statewide school funding lawsuit.

Schoolhouse Talk: K-12 education blog begins

The Missourian announces the launch of its K-12 education blog, Schoolhouse Talk, designed to engage readers in a conversation about education and showcase citizen-submitted stories and art.

New Rock Bridge principal named

Kathy Ritter was named principal of Rock Bridge High School on Monday. She had been acting principal since Andy Kohl resigned in July.

Surveying of new high school site to begin this week

Now that a site has been chosen for the new high school, the next step is determining which part of the property's 236 acres should be used.

School board hears average ride times for bus routes

In other business, an assistant superintendent presented information on the district’s plan to transition middle and junior high schools to a sixth- through eighth-grade configuration.