K-12 Education

Tippin passionate about children, education

To Rosie Tippin, being around children isn’t just something she enjoys — it’s her life.

“It’s kind of in my blood,” said Tippin, who is campaigning for the first time for one of three open seats on the Columbia School Board.

School Board candidates discuss tax levy in NAACP forum

School Board candidates offered different ways to overcome budget shortcomings in Columbia Public Schools.

Public had plenty to say to school board about proposed cuts

Teachers, parents and students weighed in Thursday on the Columbia Public School Board’s 108 proposed budget cuts.

High turnout for Columbia School Board meeting

Many people showed up to offer input on the Ridgeway busing cuts. Other comments addressed cuts to counseling and ending insurance for part-time employees.

School board seeks input on proposed cuts

The Columbia School Board will meet tonight to talk about proposed ways to cut $5 million out of the district’s annual operating budget.

Tentative elementary school redistricting plan laid out

The Elementary Enrollment Planning Committee has finalized its initial elementary school redistricting proposal, which would reorganize boundary lines that determine attendance in the Columbia Public School District.

High school students question community panel about crime

More than 250 Hickman students and teachers attended a forum to discuss the recent crime spike in Columbia.

Literacy coaches, special educators among school budget cuts proposed

Across the board, school budgets would be tightened and some positions would be cut to prevent further employee firings and increased class sizes.

School board member voices his opinion on board, media and public

School board member Tom Rose spoke to the board “as a citizen” during the public comments portion of the meeting Monday night.

School Board approves 2008-09 calendar

In other business, the school board approved the administration’s recommendation to select Professional Contractors & Engineers, Inc. as the general contractor for the construction of the new elementary school.

School Board hears possible budget cuts

For two hours on Monday night, Columbia School Board members listened to Superintendent Phyllis Chase read through a list — item by item — of 108 cuts the district could possibly make to save money.

School Board to hear teacher salary recommendation

The teachers association is not likely to seek more pay this time.

Southern Boone County School District seeks money for school addition

A $1.7 million bond issue on the April ballot would allow for the construction of a fifth grade wing onto the elementary school.

School board candidates face tough questions at Muleskinners luncheon

Five of the six Columbia School Board candidates attended the session in Stephens College’s Stamper Commons to discuss school issues.

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Administrators attempt to clear up details of Hickman fight

Columbia police responded to an incident at the high school Tuesday after a fight had started outside and several students and adults had begun to become increasingly uncooperative inside the school’s main office.

Senators approve alternative teacher certification

Citing a shortage of teachers, senators passed legislation late Wednesday making it easier for people lacking education degrees to gain approval to teach in Missouri’s public schools.

‘Model school’ seems to work for students

West Boulevard Elementary School has made gains in student achievement since 2004 by using a variety of new programs and teaching practices.

School employee survey results are in

Columbia Public Schools teachers were asked to respond to a survey about what cuts they think could be made by the district.

Columbia Public Schools meet with city, county officials about planning for school sites

At a work session, the city, schools and county discuss infrastructure at the future school sites.