K-12 Education

Columbia schools allow only string sack packs to save space

Space is such a problem at two Columbia junior high schools that their administrations made rules about backpacks. This year students are allowed to carry small string “sack packs,” the latest step in a battle to make do with a space that is far too small.

Rock Bridge High students talk AIDS, action with first lady

Outgoing students of Rock Bridge’s contemporary issues class spoke with Laura Bush in a video conference Monday morning.

Robb wants twins together

Twins and other multiple-birth siblings would be allowed to be in the same classroom, as long as their parents request it in a timely fashion, under a bill that has been introduced in the state House.

Horner withdraws from school board race

School board candidate Kevin Horner filed a statement of withdrawal this morning to remove his name from the ballot in April, saying did not think he had the right motivation.

Columbia Public Schools might be able to avoid $2 million in hard cuts

The district is looking to eliminate $5 million from its budget.

How recalled beef will be destroyed is at issue

The U.S. Department of Agriculture calls for individual school districts to dispose of the meat, but Missouri officials say they would prefer to handle it.

Possible sewer agreement between city and district

The city of Columbia has made an offer to the Columbia Public School District regarding payment for sewer lines that will be built to serve the new public high school.

Threatening a woman into abortion illegal under proposed bill

JEFFERSON CITY — Husbands and wives can divorce in Missouri without needing a reason. But abortion opponents want to make it a crime if a man threatens divorce to pressure his wife into an abortion.

Cyber-bullying bill gets first-round OK in Senate

JEFFERSON CITY — The Senate gave first-round approval Tuesday to a bill requiring school districts to adopt policies to handle cyber-bullying.

School district extends deadline for online survey

The online survey given to teachers about what could be cut from the budget is being extended until Wednesday.

Teachers, staff asked to help trim budget

Teachers and staff in Columbia Public Schools were asked what they thought could be cut from the budget in an online survey that ended Tuesday.

School board approves budget guidelines

The Columbia Public School Board on Monday voted unanimously to approve the 2008-09 Budget Reduction Parameters that will be implemented to save the district an estimated $5 million.

MU professor to run for open school board seat

MU psychology professor Ines Segert kicked off her campaign for a seat on the Columbia Public School Board on Sunday.

Students' trip offers chance to study Japanese language and culture

In July, 14 students from Oakland, Jefferson and West junior high schools plan to embark on a 15-day trip to Japan. The biennial youth exchange is part of Columbia’s sister city program with Hakusan City in central Japan.

Columbia School Board to discuss budget reduction

The board will consider seven possible ways the district can save money, including a possible reduction in staff, a freeze on staff salary increases and a delay in purchases of technology.

Chinese New Year

Students learn about Chinese culture

Dozens of sixth-graders at Smithton Middle School experienced the Chinese New Year Thursday by pronouncing their Chinese names, speaking Chinese congratulations, eating Chinese dumplings with chopsticks and learning Chinese traditions.

Facebook: Friend or foe among high school students and teachers?

A new bill proposes a stop to student-teacher interaction via social networking Web sites, but some teachers and students argue this interaction is useful for quick communication and the success of school-related clubs.

Hickman High School students vote in mock election

The fact that a majority of Hickman High School students fall short of the voting age didn’t stop them from making their voices heard Tuesday morning.

Committee recommends turning Field Elementary into early childhood center

The Elementary Enrollment Planning Committee recommends that the Field Elementary School building be used as a district-wide early childhood center when the new elementary school in Columbia opens for the 2009-2010 academic year.