K-12 Education

Five elementary schools to get energy-efficient heating and cooling systems

The roughly $7 million project is intended to affect the most students possible while costing less than the old heating systems.

Columbia Public Schools has new heat dismissal policy

The system will only dismiss those schools without air conditioning on days that are deemed too hot for classes to be in session.

Newton Learning summer program prepares first-time students for kindergarten

Seven hundred incoming kindergartners participated in summer school this year.

Transportation for school teams still a go

Budget cuts to student activities and athletics so far won’t prevent bus transportation for Columbia Public Schools teams in the coming year.

High school students try out pharmacy jobs

The Career Explorers Program sponsored by Walgreens and the St. Louis College of Pharmacy lets high school students work as pharmacists for four weeks each summer to learn the basics of the trade — and fill fake prescriptions for their favorite celebrities.

UPDATE: Officials say school bus caused chain-reaction accident

There were no students on the school bus when the accident occurred. The driver of one car and his 14-year-old passenger were taken to University Hospital with minor injuries. No one else was injured.

UPDATE: School bus involved in four-car pileup

A First Student school bus caused a chain-reaction accident when it ran into a car at Stadium Boulevard and Broadway at about 3:50 p.m. Friday, Columbia Fire Battalion Chief Steve Sapp said. No students were on the bus at the time of the accident.

Hickman student selected to participate in 2008 Congressional Academy

Adithi Vellore, a student at Hickman High School, is participating in the 2008 Congressional Academy as one of two selected students from Missouri.

Hickman High School gains late-start Tuesdays

Classes will begin 30 minutes later to give teachers collaboration time.

Journey to Japan leaves 2 Columbia teachers with deeper understanding

Columbia Public Schools teachers Tammy Cox and Clint Darr returned from Japan with plans to share their experiences across the district.

No new district projects until Hickman pays off money it owes for turf

The district paid for installation of artificial turf at Hickman in 2006 and is still waiting for repayment of $85,000 of it.

School Board approves final budget

Today was the final deadline for the 2008-2009 school year budget. School Board members were required to approve a finalized budget for the 2008-2009 school year.

CIS to launch national search for new head of school

Columbia Independent School said it has made a commitment to internationally focused education and is looking at a new study abroad option for upper school students.

State audit finds gaps in training, testing for some school bus drivers

But State Auditor Susan Montee says that even if school districts met all state requirements, it wouldn't be enough to protect child passengers.

New Benton principal brings experience, enthusiasm

While teaching in Japan, Troy Hogg says he learned how to treat students more independently.

School board approves a budget with 5-1 vote

The Columbia School Board approved a budget Thursday night for the 2008-2009 school year that will not fund regularly scheduled salary increases for district employees next year.

Chase to take $20,000 cut in salary

In response to Columbia Public Schools’ efforts to reduce its costs, Superintendent Phyllis Chase has volunteered to take a roughly 10 percent pay cut.

Missouri’s best high school rodeo stars compete in state finals

Cowboys and cowgirls from across the state will compete at the Missouri High School Rodeo State Finals this weekend.

School of the Osage students schooled in skulls

MU graduate students demonstrated how to categorize animals by their skulls Thursday.

Former Rock Bridge student to lead Iraqi-American student discussions in Jordan

Michael Schoenleber aims to show how youth can be involved in promoting unity and peace between Iraqi and American students.