Russell Still of Columbia replaces Russell Thompson on the bipartisan panel of the Missouri State Board of Education.
A fundraiser for the Columbia Public Schools' gifted program Tuesday evening involved taking rides in a Rukus Ball at Cosmo-Bethel Park. Even Superintendent Chris Belcher took a turn.
Stella Pruitt, a sixth-grader at Smithton Middle School, was chosen by Google as a top 40 finalist in a competition to design a Google logo.
When last spring’s budget cuts at Jefferson Junior High prevented the school from hiring a new front office secretary for the 2009-10 school year, Principal Gregery Caine went to the PTA, asking them if they would volunteer their time to fill the position. They happily agreed to help.
Rock Bridge seniors Tasmeen Hussain and Sidhant Misra won $2,500 National Merit Scholarships. The announcement was a pleasant surprise to Misra, who believed the winners had already been decided.
In Monday night’s School Board meeting, two of three proposals for salary schedules for new hires in select employment groups were approved.
Monday evening's meeting agenda includes the presentation of proposed changes to the district's staff/student relations policy and a follow-up on proposed salary schedules.
A dozen years ago, Deronne Wilson did not see himself running the day-to-day operations of the Boys & Girls Club in Columbia. Now, he has a hard time picturing himself anywhere else. Wilson serves as a father figure for many of the kids there, and he takes pride in the role.
Columbia Public Schools will operate its summer school program on its own this summer, which will lead to changes in curriculum and a lack of monetary attendance incentives. The district has committed to conduct the program even if proposed state funding for core classes is not approved.
Volunteers at Derby Ridge work with kingergartners through a multigenerational learning program.
The board will look at a series of proposals May 10 concerning relations between students and faculty, notably the use of Facebook as a means of social networking.
Due to budget cuts,the Columbia Public School District may use less buses and longer routes for next year.
Raymond Terrell called for more cultural awareness to fight the academic achievement gap among students of different racial groups at the Parents for Public Schools conference at MU.
Proposed state cuts to the Parents as Teachers program will reduce its funding by 59 percent if implemented by a House-Senate conference committee. In Columbia, 17 of 37 employees would lose their jobs.
The Columbia School Board stated its commitment to summer school programs on Thursday. Despite uncertainty in state funding, Superintendent Chris Belcher recommended that the district start communications with parents. "Summer school is on," he said.
After giving first-round approval to a bill that would combine Missouri's higher and elementary and secondary education departments, debate has stalled progress on a proposal outlining the details of the consolidation.
The 70-foot hackberry tree that stood on Benton Elementary School for more than 100 years was removed Monday because it was considered a safety hazard by several specialists.
Administrators hope to see 250 early retirements to go along with about 250 layoffs, cutting $34 million from the budget.
Student questions to panel members showed concerns about funding cuts and their potential effects on high school curriculum.
The Hackberry tree or "Giving Tree" is going to be removed Monday because it has become a safety hazard to those around it.