K-12 Education

King, Preis retain seats on Columbia School Board by comfortable margins

Columbia School Board incumbents Christine King and Darin Preis won additional three-year terms. 

Dietary guidelines serve up deficit for Columbia Public Schools

The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans led to new regulations for the National School Lunch Program, which require schools to serve healthier, often more expensive food. That's part of the problem, says the director of Nutrition Services for Columbia Public Schools: The funding doesn't go far enough.

2015 dietary guidelines report is sour on sugar

The Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee acknowledge the role that added sugars play in cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer. The 2015 Guidelines for Americans will be published in the fall.

School Board candidates share priorities if elected

Christine King, Darin Preis and Derek Wade are up for two seats on the Columbia School Board.

Columbia College teachers hold a science camp for Jefferson Middle School students

Students spent the week learning about forensic science, plotting statistical data, medical techniques, chemistry and more.

Derby Ridge Elementary wins CenturyLink Teachers and Technology grant

CenturyLink awarded a $1,967 grant to the school to fund a mobile technology station.

Columbia third-grader returns to normal life after brain cancer diagnosis last year

Doctors say any traces of cancer left in Aiden Taylor show no signs of growth, and he is back in school full time.

Prospective hospital trustees and candidates for City Council, School Board attend public forum

Forty people filed into Second Missionary Baptist Church Tuesday evening for the NAACP-hosted forum.

Community garden connects international students

"Cougarden," a program named after Columbia College's cougar mascot, will be the centerpiece of an effort to bridge the age gap between Columbia's international students.

Missouri students compete in National Geographic Bee

Nikhil Krishnan, a seventh-grader from Fenton, beat out hundreds of fellow Missouri students to earn a trip to Washington, D.C., in May for the National Geographic Bee championship.

Missouri school activity makes students uncomfortable

In an activity called "Claim It," students were read various statements about their identity and asked to step forward if the statement applied to them. Some touched on topics such as sexual abuse and financial problems inside the students' homes.


MISSOURIAN MINUTE: Mentor program gets kids thinking about college

College Mentors for Kids started pairing students at Benton Elementary School with MU students in November. Duos meet every Tuesday to get involved in the community and do activities focusing on career development and diversity.

Top teachers from Columbia Public School District honored Friday

The annual Columbia Fund for Academic Excellence has seven categories of nomination. Starting at 8:20 a.m. Friday, the educators were unveiled one by one.

Schools nationwide struggle with substitute teacher shortage

With substitutes sparse, schools across the country have recruited retired teachers, raised pay and pulled school administrators into classrooms to fill the void.

Columbia School Board hears recommendation for new elementary boundaries

Attendance areas for six elementary schools were examined to address overcrowding and to prepare for the August 2016 opening of Beulah Ralph Elementary School.


Missouri Senate committee passes student transfer bill

Bills in both the House and Senate would require students first to transfer to better-performing schools within their district, potentially stemming the flow of tuition money elsewhere.

City Council candidates and School Board incumbents address issues

Second and Sixth Ward Columbia City Council candidates and Columbia School Board incumbents running for re-election in April addressed a variety of concerns at the League of Women Voters forum Tuesday night.

MISSOURIAN MINUTE: Columbia school teaches in French

Children learned and played while immersed in French language at La Petite Ecole. The French immersion school also has classes available for adults and babies.

School board candidates discuss overcrowding, parent engagement and Common Core

Incumbents Darin Preis and Christine King are up for reelection April 7 and spoke at Saturday's candidate forum. First-time candidate Derek Wade, who couldn't make the forum, is looking to unseat one of them.


Utah man gets 5 years in prison for scamming Missouri band program

Forty-year-old Calliope "Ope" Saaga also was ordered to pay more than $780,000 in restitution related his theft involving the Willard High School band and similar schemes that victimized two Arkansas school districts.