K-12 Education

District's after-school program <br>also closing early

The closing of the school district's Adventure Club because of the heat leave hundreds of children without after-school care.

March of Fathers

The Million Father March, an effort to get dads to bring their children to the first day of school, is organized nationally by The Black Star Project.

Columbia Public Schools students go back to class

The 17,083 students who attend Columbia Public Schools were expected to be back in class Tuesday, according to Assistant Superintendent Lynn Barnett.

District to announce at 5 whether schools will close Wednesday

A decision will be made at 5 p.m. today on whether public schools will be canceled or dismissed early on Wednesday due to heat, Superintendent Phyllis Chase said at a start-of-school news conference this morning.

Columbia schools begin push toward new school year

Sometimes the teachers get just as excited as their young students about the start of a new school year.

School officials plan for heat cancellation

Parents wondering whether Columbia Public Schools will be closed or dismissed early because it’s too hot and humid can find out by about 10 p.m. the previous evening at and through other local media.

Former City Manager Ray Beck named project director for new Catholic high school

Former city manager Ray Beck was appointed project director of the Diocese of Jefferson City’s efforts to establish a regional Catholic high school in Columbia.

Columbia Public Schools to hold news conference

Columbia Public Schools will have a news conference at 8 a.m. Tuesday on Aug. 21 to begin the 2007-08 school year.

Back to School Night attempts to get kids excited for school

Students were eager to be back at school Thursday for West Boulevard Elementary’s Back to School Night.

City to kick off school year with garage band celebration

MAP test results to be released today

Missouri Assessment Program test results to be made public today will show where Columbia Public Schools fell short on meeting federally mandated targets.

Field Elementary meets progress goals

Preliminary MAP results released this week by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education showed Field Elementary School met yearly progress through a provision called safe harbor.

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.