K-12 Education

Schools train for shooting scenario

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

New Rock Bridge head on the way

Columbia Public Schools will announce a replacement for Rock Bridge High School’s principal Andy Kohl today or Friday. Kohl announced his resignation to Rock Bridge staff Wednesday afternoon via e-mail.

Elected St. Louis school board fights on against state control

The elected St. Louis school board says it won't give in to state intervention that turned over control of the district to an appointed board.

School site in need of upgrades

Superintendent Phyllis Chase and former assistant superintendent Chris Mallory met with Ken Pearson on Friday discuss what improvements need to be made before the school opens in 2010.

List of needed improvements is long for new high school

A decision to put a high school in a place with no existing sewer lines, with country roads with no curbs or shoulders has left Boone County officials and utility providers wondering how to meet the demands the proposed school would create.

New Columbia high school site a matter of availability

It was the simple availability of land, not its location, that drove Columbia Public Schools officials to choose a farm southeast of Columbia as the site for a third major high school, Superintendent Phyllis Chase said.

Potential elementary school site selected

Twenty acres near Waco and Brown Station roads in northeast Columbia will be the likely site of another elementary school for Columbia Public Schools.

State school funds depend on judge

In the coming weeks, Cole County Circuit Judge Richard Callahan will single-handedly decide a key case involving the state’s multi-billion-dollar school funding plan.

GPS to be installed in buses

Beginning this coming school year, GPS devices are being installed on all 170 school buses in Columbia. They will be ready before school picks up in August.

Grant to MU Med School meant to help get youth interested in science

A recent $750,000 grant to the MU School of Medicine will bring state-of-the-art technology to Columbia and St. Louis public schools. The money is part of a national effort to connect medical institutions to their surrounding communities and get elementary and secondary students more interested in science.

Kids will learn about livestock, farming in Columbia

The Children’s Barn will recreate a natural farm environment, complete with common Missouri farm livestock and a staff of animal youth educators to help visitors better understand how Midwestern farms operate.

Educators make time for physics workshop

The idea of a classroom full of teachers discussing physics might make any student cringe. But when class involves making batteries out of potatoes and lemons, launching marbles into the air and stargazing in a field, students might take an interest.

Students work for their grade, prepare for the future

During the summer, the Between The Pages program gives high school students an opportunity to obtain high school credit and earn money by working at the MBS Textbook Exchange deli.

Writing camp for kids

For the past two weeks, Stephens has hosted the Young Writers Workshop, a four-hour-a-day program aimed at getting kids entering first through sixth grades interested in creative writing.

New school planning committees get started

In July, members of the planning committees for the two new schools will visit the Kansas City area to see how other districts are building schools.

Board of Education to discuss making school year-round

A year-round school calendar is one way Darin Preis, vice president of the Columbia Board of Education, thinks outside the box.

New law requires eye exams when starting school

Missouri children starting public school in kindergarten or first grade will have to receive eye exams, beginning with the 2008-2009 school year.

Public unhappy with school board decision

Several members of the public are not happy with the site selected and attended Thursday’s school board workshop to voice conerns.

For some disabled students, school’s in

The Extended School Year program, which began June 12 as part of several summer schools in Columbia, offers services for children with disabilities to help them continue progressing and retain skills they acquired during the regular academic year.

Crowded hallways

Although total summer school enrollment has remained consistent, enrollment for high school students in Columbia has nearly doubled during the past two summers. Enrollment for grades 9-12 has grown from 517 students in 2004 to nearly 1,000 students this summer.