K-12 Education

Superintendent Phyllis Chase announces her retirement

Superintendent Phyllis Chase, who has recently come under fire for her leadership decisions and spending recommendations, announced her retirement Tuesday, effective Aug. 31.

Schools Superintendent Chase's letter explains her decision to retire

This is a letter Phyllis Chase sent out to people in the schools, community members and others about her retirement as superintendent of Columbia Public Schools effective Aug. 31.

Phyllis Chase: Timeline of events

A partial list of events in the educational and professional life of Phyllis Chase, who announced Tuesday she is retiring as superintendent of Columbia Public Schools

Chase retiring from Columbia Public Schools

 Phyllis Chase says she's been considering retiring for months as schools superintendent.

Salvation Army Tools for Schools program continues to help Columbia Public Schools

In its fifth year, the Salvation Army is providing over 21,000 school supplies to 42 schools.

Fewer Columbia schools meet MAP standards

The 2008 Missouri Assessment Program test results are being released to the public today. Only three of 28 Columbia schools met the Adequate Yearly Progress goal compared to 14 in 2007.

Missouri middle schoolers improve MAP scores

Both their math and reading scores improved in the state's public schools. But more districts and schools failed to meet "adequate yearly progress" goals, though state education officials said that was because requirements were more stringent under federal law.

At age 76, woman earns GED

Nina Drew left school in the 1950s and after earning her GED last month, she is interested in going to college.



Walking School Bus program expands through grants

Columbia’s Walking School Bus program is expanding to Derby Ridge and Parkade Elementary Schools. Columbia Public Schools received a grant to improve these and other programs.

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.