K-12 Education

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.

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.