K-12 Education

Parkade ready for improvement

Parkade Elementary School, part of Columbia Public Schools, was recently notified of its “needing improvement” preliminary designation status required under the No Child Left Behind Act.

Community sponsors team up to send children back to school

For the first time, 13 sponsors are gathering at a large fair to ensure Columbia’s children have what they need to go back to school.

Committee to review possible high school sites

Columbia Public School’s Board of Education announced plans to form a committee to review land proposals for the location of a new high school, Superintendant Phyllis Chase said.

Businessman ups land offer for new school

A local businessman has stepped up his efforts to get a new high school in north Columbia. In a letter sent to the Columbia School Board on Friday, George Godas increased his offer of land to 80 acres.

Class in session for teachers, not students

Orientation for the 204 new teachers who will join the Columbia Public School District’s faculty this year began Monday at Gentry Middle School.

One-third of Missouri districts fail federal academic goals

Nearly one-third of the state’s 524 school districts have not met federal education standards.

Test scores may cost school district

The state has given a preliminary designation of “needing improvement” to the Columbia Public School District.

Teaching the Bible without preaching

There is broad agreement across the social, political and religious spectrum and, most important, the Supreme Court, that the Bible can be taught in public schools and that knowledge of the Bible is vital to students’ understanding of literature and art.

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.