K-12 Education

Columbia's private schools form network to help and support each other

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. 

Student arrested on suspicion of bringing knife to Rock Bridge High School

Justin Goacher,17, was arrested on suspicion of unlawful use of a weapon.

Educator-musician leads songwriting workshop at Paxton Keeley Elementary

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.

Consequences unclear for student who brought bullets to school

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.

Early childhood programs might move to Field Elementary

The building might include both district-run and nonprofit organizations and would make administration less complicated with everything in one building.

Rock Bridge institutes new rules at football games

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.

Supply drive helps students go back to 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.

SAT scores still at decade low

But in Missouri, SAT scores from the graduating class of 2008 were close to 100 points higher than the national average.

Columbia Independent School celebrates its anniversary by releasing balloons

The school celebrated the beginning of its 10th school year in its traditional way - by releasing balloons.



Old Wade School closed in 1968 but still evokes memories

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.

School board sets tax levy

Property owners in the Columbia school district will pay 2 cents more on their tax levy this year.

Nothing like the first day of school

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 enrollment increases

Columbia Public Schools total enrollment for the first day of school increased from same time in 2007.

The few, the beloved, the male elementary teachers

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.

Eager students get a sneak peek at school

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.

Organizations hold schools supplies drives

For some students school supplies cost more than their families can afford.

Chase talks about achievements, criticism, future

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.

UPDATE: Ritter will work to restore confidence in the district

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.

Columbia schools to name interim chief; Ritter likely choice

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.

Finance assessment tested for bias

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.