The group, which first met over the summer, aims to create a greater awareness of schooling options, develop a platform for sharing ideas, improve media coverage and identify resources available to all private schools.
Justin Goacher,17, was arrested on suspicion of unlawful use of a weapon.
Paxton Keely Elementary School students participated Thursday in a songwriting workshop led by Monte Selby, a Kansas-based educator and musician who collaborates with schoolchildren over the course of one day to write one song.
Columbia Public Schools administrators gave no details Wednesday on what the ramifications would be for the Grant Elementary School student who brought bullets to school Monday, but they say they are approaching the situation as a student discipline issue.
The building might include both district-run and nonprofit organizations and would make administration less complicated with everything in one building.
High school students will need a student ID to enter games, and middle school students will need to be accompanied by a parent. The new security measures go into effect Friday when the team plays Lee's Summit North High School.
Mama Bessie's Dry Cleaners owner Margaret Hickem-Smith organized a back-to-school supply drive and party to benefit the community and Columbia public schools.
But in Missouri, SAT scores from the graduating class of 2008 were close to 100 points higher than the national average.
The school celebrated the beginning of its 10th school year in its traditional way - by releasing balloons.
Now privately owned, the Wade School in northern Columbia was once used by 100 pupils. The building has deteriorated since closing in 1968, but memories of the lifestyle shared there are still strong.
Remnants of the time remain: chalkboards, book shelves, window blinds, bathroom doors labeled "Boys" and "Girls," a water fountain and hooks where little coats likely hung. The school has slowly become an accidental monument, important more in memory than in reality.
Property owners in the Columbia school district will pay 2 cents more on their tax levy this year.
Whether it was THE first day for kindergartners and new teachers or just another first day for veteran students and educators, Thursday was the day everyone came together in Columbia City Schools.
Columbia Public Schools total enrollment for the first day of school increased from same time in 2007.
When Nate Hutchings conducted his first lesson at Paxton Keeley Elementary School, he joined the fraternity of male elementary teachers that has shrunk dramatically from what it was nearly 30 years ago.
Russell Boulevard Elementary was alive with the giggles and squeals of children who came back for a preview of the school year, which starts Thursday.
For some students school supplies cost more than their families can afford.
In an interview Aug. 7, retiring Superintendent Phyllis Chase shared thoughts about her time spent as head of the school district and what challenges the district faces.
Ritter appears to have risen quickly to the top of a very short list of candidates to lead the district until a permanent superintendent can be found.
The school board will announce its choice for interim superintendent at 8:30 Wednesday morning. Jim Ritter was the only person to meet with board members in a closed session Tuesday night.
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education works with the Assessment Resource Center at MU to review questions on a finance assessment required of students graduating in 2010 and beyond.