K-12 Education

Former Columbia School Board president appointed to State Board of Education

Russell Still of Columbia replaces Russell Thompson on the bipartisan panel of the Missouri State Board of Education.

PHOTO GALLERY: Rukus Ball rides raise money for gifted program

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. 

Smithton student named finalist in Google contest

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.

BLOG: Volunteers at Jefferson Junior make up for budget cuts

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.

Two Rock Bridge seniors win National Merit Scholarship

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.

School Board approves select salary schedules for new hires

In Monday night’s School Board meeting, two of three proposals for salary schedules for new hires in select employment groups were approved.

School Board to discuss district policy changes, salary schedules

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.


Boys & Girls Club coach plays father role for Columbia children

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 school district plans and funds summer program different from last year

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.

Derby Ridge Elementary students learn from the Retired and Senior Volunteer program

Volunteers at Derby Ridge work with kingergartners through a multigenerational learning program.

Columbia Public Schools considers revisions to staff-student policies

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.

School bus route changes possible after state cuts funds

Due to budget cuts,the Columbia Public School District may use less buses and longer routes for next year.

Presenter tackles racial and cultural roots of nation-wide academic achievement gap

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 legislation cuts could cost some parent educators' jobs

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.

Columbia School Board announces a commitment to summer school programs

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.

Proposed consolidation of education departments stirs heated debate in Senate

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.

Workers remove Benton Elementary hackberry tree

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.

St. Louis teachers flocking to retirement offer

Administrators hope to see 250 early retirements to go along with about 250 layoffs, cutting $34 million from the budget.

'Speak Your Mind' forum at Hickman centers on state schools funding

Student questions to panel members showed concerns about funding cuts and their potential effects on high school curriculum.

Benton Elementary Hackberry tree to be removed for safety reasons

The Hackberry tree or "Giving Tree" is going to be removed Monday because it has become a safety hazard to those around it.