K-12 Education

School district releases requested documents

Documents released by Columbia Public Schools on Friday contained no information about the 10 to 12 landowners Superintendent Phyllis Chase says the district talked to while looking for a site to build a new high school.

School district to release correspondence on school site

Columbia Public Schools will release information at 2 p.m. about the negotiations between Chris Mallory, the district’s land consultant, and community members about the search for and purchase of land for Columbia’s third main high school, according to a fax sent to “all media” today.

Board of Curators continues search

The UM System Board of Curators interviewed three to five presidential candidates in a closed session on Thursday in St. Louis. This is the second try for the curators to replace Elson Floyd as UM System president.

Schools, city to split cost of Hickman pool renovation

The Columbia Public School District is proposing the renovation of the Hickman High School swimming pool based on an in-depth evaluation that recommended significant upgrades.

School district to limit early-dismissal days

Students in Columbia Public Schools will have more days off and fewer early-dismissal days in the coming year.

Band in the sun

Rock Bridge’s annual band camp that began July 30. The camp goes for two weeks, eight hours a day.

Council airs concerns on new schools’ selection

The conference room in the Daniel Boone Government Building was packed full for a meeting Monday night. Many people were there to hear Columbia Public Schools’ presentation to the Columbia City Council about the construction of two new schools.

School district refuses request for sale records

Columbia Public Schools is breaking the law by refusing to release information regarding its search for land for the district’s third main high school, two experts on the Missouri Sunshine Law say.

A new chapter in her life

A week ago, the walls between the ceiling and the top of the bookshelves in Field Elementary School’s media center were blank. Since then, Patty Wayland, a former teacher at Field, has taken the suggestion of her colleagues and tapped into her passionately artistic side by using those walls as canvasses.

Landowner offers site for third high school

A Columbia landowner who tried to donate 40 to 50 acres of land to Columbia Public Schools two years ago says his offer still stands.

School’s safety hinges on design

The site selected for Columbia’s third main high school is located nearly five miles from emergency services, and that distance has at least one Boone County commissioner worried.

Other districts share thoughts on new high school decisions, city involvement

Representatives of several Missouri districts say they made decisions differently regarding new school locations than Columbia Public Schools officials.

City asks for closer bond with schools

Columbia officials want to establish closer ties with Columbia Public Schools after feeling excluded from the decision to locate a high school three miles east of the city limits.

Some Columbia officials urge improved communication with school district

COLUMBIA — Local officials want closer ties after feeling excluded from the decision to locate a high school three miles east of the city limits.

Distribution of elementary math coaches spurs debate

The success of literacy coaches to support teachers in elementary schools led to the hiring of elementary math coaches for the coming year, said Linda Coutts, who coordinates kindergarten through fifth grade math for the Columbia Public School District.

Summer school rewards kids

2,749 students will get $100 each for having perfect attendance for the five-week summer school program.

Columbia students rewarded for summer school attendance

More than 2,500 students in Columbia will receive a $100 debit card for having perfect attendance throughout the five-week summer school program that ended July 13.

Columbia's high school group returns with ideas after KC visit

The visit helped the committee come up with goals for the city's third comprehensive high school.

School design to help kids interact

Columbia Public Schools’ newest elementary school will be designed to foster more collaboration and interaction between students and teachers of the same grade level.

Schools train for shooting scenario

Wednesday morning was the first time Columbia public school faculty and law enforcement agencies collaborated for active shooter training.