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K-12 Education

Columbia's new public high school: Questions and Answers

A cloud of public attention has followed the Columbia School Board since it announced its decision to locate a third public high school south and east of the city. Now a committee of citizens will meet with the board and make its own recommendations on five different potential sites.

School site drops out of the running

One of the six properties under consideration for the new high school is no longer in the running as of Tuesday after the property’s co-owner expressed no intention of selling the land, Columbia Public Schools Superintendent Phyllis Chase said.

Public can attend land review meeting for new high school

Residents will not be able to comment at the committee meeting.

School board adopts cyberbullying and cyberthreats into hazing and bullying policy

The board voted unanimously to add provisions for online incidents to its hazing and bullying policy.

Five possible sites for the new high school

Which do you think is best?

High school land offers revealed

Six offers of land for the third comprehensive high school were released Monday afternoon to the evaluation committee appointed to recommend a site to the school board after being evaluated by Engineering Surveys & Services of Columbia.

Vemer property

Located at the southeast corner of the intersection of Rangeline Road and New Haven Road.

Kinkead property

Located along the west side of Olivet Church Road; the property is approximately three quarters of a mile north of the intersection of Olivet Church Road and State Route WW.

Richland Road property

Located along the south side of Richland Road approximately 1/2 mile east of the intersection of Richland Road and St. Charles Road

Payne property

The north side of New Haven Road and near the northwest corner of the intersection of New Haven Road and Rolling Hills Road

St. Charles Road Development property

St. Charles Road approximately 3/4 mile east of Lake of the Woods Golf Course and 3/4 mile west of Route Z.

Godas property

On the east side of Route Z approximately 2,000 feet north of Interstate 70.

Six sites under consideration for third high school location

Columbia Public Schools will have a third high school built on one of six locations being considered by Engineering Surveys and Services of Columbia.

School board to review bullying policy; may include cyberbullying provisions

Columbia School Board members will review updates to the district’s policy on bullying and hazing recommended by the Missouri School Board Association during a Monday night meeting.

Judge to hear whether state is doing its part for lower education funding

A Cole County judge will hold a Sept. 20 hearing to learn more about whether the state is putting 25 percent of its annual budget toward public schools as is required by Missouri’s constitution.

Roots 'n 'Blues 'n BBQ reaches elementary students

Boone County National Banke is bringing T.J. Wheeler to Grant Elementary to teach students about the blues. A core group of students from the school will perform at the Roots 'n Blues 'n BBQ Festival.

Judge rules: no constitutional guarantee of absolute equality in funding of school districts

A judge ruled Wednesday in favor of Missouri’s funding distribution method and against school districts' claims that funds are distributed in an unacceptable manner, but Phyllis Chase, Columbia Public Schools superintendent, was quick to say that follow-up decisions could still change the outcome.

DeSpain will not run for state office

Columbia School Board President Karla DeSpain will not run for the 23rd District state representative seat because of family commitments and her dedication to the board.

Sister follows in brother's path as drum major

Nate and Ella Edwards, two talented siblings, have each won drum major positions at their respective schools for the 2007-08 school year.

School district decreases Prop. C rollback

A decrease in the rollback means a resident with property valued at $100,000 will pay $7.12 more in property taxes this year.

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