K-12 Education

Board cuts two work days from teacher contracts

The Columbia Public School Board voted on contracts at its meeting Monday night, causing starting teacher salary to drop from $34,353 to $33,989.

Parent asks School Board for permission to move children

Heather Sheridan, who has two sons at Benton Elementary, is concerned about the school’s mold problem. Asthma and nosebleeds have been attributed to the mold.

School Board to decide if additional budget cuts are necessary

Newly-elected school board member Ines Segert said she does not believe any additional cuts need to be made; the administration has said otherwise.

Letter: Approving tax levy will help decrease ignorance and want

Supporting public education will help us deal with current, future problems.

Letter: Columbia Public School tax levy is all about the kids

Vote yes for the proposed tax levy on April 8.

Letter: Tax levy will keep Columbia Public Schools competitive

The Columbia Public School District is asking voters to approve a 54-cent tax levy. Based on an assessment by financial consultants, this increase, as well as an internal budget reduction of $5 million, will result in financial stability for the next five years.

Museum teaches women's history to inspire confidence in young girls

West Boulevard Elementary School hosted the third annual Children's Museum. This year's exhibit focused on women's history.

School board cuts $5.23 million from next year’s budget

All Priority I recommendations were cut with one change: The number of literacy coach positions eliminated was reduced from four to two.

School board to vote on budget cuts

The Columbia School Board will likely approve Priority I budget cuts totaling $5 million at a Thursday morning meeting.

School board vice president stays busy with Columbia activities

Darin Preis balances family with the his numerous involvements throughout Columbia, including his role as vice president of the Columbia School Board.

Veterinarian Rose brings experience in business, with children

Columbia School Board candidate Tom Rose says he wants to help balance the budget and narrow the achievement gap.

Segert pushes for school board engagement with public

She decided to seek election because of her concerns over recent decisions made by Columbia Public Schools administration, including the location of the new high school, a tax levy increase being put to voters on the April 8 ballot and curriculum selections, especially integrated math.

Tippin passionate about children, education

To Rosie Tippin, being around children isn’t just something she enjoys — it’s her life.

“It’s kind of in my blood,” said Tippin, who is campaigning for the first time for one of three open seats on the Columbia School Board.

School Board candidates discuss tax levy in NAACP forum

School Board candidates offered different ways to overcome budget shortcomings in Columbia Public Schools.

Public had plenty to say to school board about proposed cuts

Teachers, parents and students weighed in Thursday on the Columbia Public School Board’s 108 proposed budget cuts.

High turnout for Columbia School Board meeting

Many people showed up to offer input on the Ridgeway busing cuts. Other comments addressed cuts to counseling and ending insurance for part-time employees.

School board seeks input on proposed cuts

The Columbia School Board will meet tonight to talk about proposed ways to cut $5 million out of the district’s annual operating budget.

Tentative elementary school redistricting plan laid out

The Elementary Enrollment Planning Committee has finalized its initial elementary school redistricting proposal, which would reorganize boundary lines that determine attendance in the Columbia Public School District.

High school students question community panel about crime

More than 250 Hickman students and teachers attended a forum to discuss the recent crime spike in Columbia.

Literacy coaches, special educators among school budget cuts proposed

Across the board, school budgets would be tightened and some positions would be cut to prevent further employee firings and increased class sizes.