K-12 Education

Final school district budget under discussion at listening session

In the final listening session before the board votes on the 2008-2009 budget, the public weighed in once again. Major concerns were teacher morale, class-size and the learning environment at Columbia Public Schools.

Air conditioning expands summer school locations

Benton and Blue Ridge elementary schools are now able to operate summer programs due to newly installed air conditioning.

Groundbreaking ceremony held for new elementary school

Columbia’s 20th elementary school got its official construction start Wednesday with a ground-breaking at Waco and Brown Station roads.

Changes to new high school address community questions

After community input, the new high school construction steering committee revises conceptual plans.

Math professors hear response from the state on education standards

The state has broadened its invitation to mathematicians to review a draft of updated K-12 math curriculum standards. The move is a response to a letter sent in May by more than 50 math professors from MU, Washington University and Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Islamic School of Columbia celebrates accreditation

After beginning the process of applying for accreditation three years ago, the Islamic School of Columbia celebrated its accreditation by the Missouri Nonpublic School Accrediting Association on Sunday. The school is now eligible for more resources and funding.

Bringing history to life: Two Columbia students to compete at National History Day competition

Rock Bridge graduate Chris Gahn and Columbia Catholic School eighth-grader Billy Swift will represent Missouri at the National History Day competition.

Public comments encouraged at special session board meetings

The public is encouraged to make comments regarding the 2008-2009 budget during an upcoming meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Missouri Scholars broaden their experiences at MU

Students with the Missouri Scholars Academy retreat to campus for a learning experience incorporating academics, social interaction and goal-setting.

College preparation program stresses early start on road to degree

Kauffman Scholars is a program that pays for college for students from low-income Kansas City families. Sixty scholars from the program are visiting MU this week, learning what MU has to offer them.

Columbia School Board asks public to comment on budget plans Thursday

Meetings will be held at 7:30 a.m. and at 6:30 p.m. in the administration building on Worley Street.

Math professors seek change in state's K-12 math curriculum

Members of prominent university mathematics departments in Missouri are calling for a change in the standards the state sets for K-12 math education.

School Board postpones presentation of full budget draft for upcoming school year

Columbia School Board members faced two plans for the first draft of the budget for the 2008-2009 school year at their meeting Monday night.

Concerns over scheduling changes at Smithton have been addressed

Columbia’s focus on core classes cut out choir so concerned parents and students spoke up

School Board to discuss budget, policy changes

The School Board will present a first draft of the 2008-09 budget. Also up for discussion is the voluntary superintendent salary cut.

Columbia Independent School to move

The school is moving from Stephens College to a location a quarter of a mile north of the intersection of Stadium Boulevard and Interstate 70.

Rock Bridge graduates 551 students in Mizzou Arena

“We definitely have a bunch of talented kids in our class, athletically and academically,” said Alex Litofsky, one of four valedictorians. “I think we were a pretty special class.”

More than 600 students graduate from Hickman High

More than 600 students graduated on Saturday afternoon. The class received more than eight million dollars in scholarships and awards.

Hickman and Rock Bridge High School valedictorians tell all

A total of 9 valedictorians represent the schools’ 2008 classes. We sat down with them to discuss their most memorable moments and greatest accomplishments.

Douglass High School students celebrate graduation successes

A record number of students took part in the 2008 graduation ceremony at Columbia's only alternative high school.