Columbia Public Schools officials are still determining how to spend the $6.3 million chunk of federal stimulus money it expects to receive.
Chris Belcher visited with the Missourian the day before beginning his career as the Columbia School District superintendent. He answered questions from members of Columbia's education community.
Nearly 7,800 Columbia Public Schools students enrolled in summer school this year, said Roy Moeller, manager for EdisonLearning, the district’s free summer school program; that's an increase of 929 students since 2008.
The first day of school was June 15.
The Kansas City-based center, which trains school districts to respond to disasters and emergencies, lost its $219,000 funding and will close in January.
Columbia will remain the location for two annual high school sports tournaments, and tourism officials say they are working with local hotels in an attempt to control prices during tournaments.
The School Board passed a balanced budget that included cutting 70 positions. These cuts follow 80 position cuts last year, which concern some board members.
Working on the Columbia School Board is another way for Jim Whitt to serve youth. Whitt was sworn in on Thursday evening.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Tuesday that swine flu vaccinations could begin with schoolchildren this fall and urged school districts to begin preparing now.
The draft budget for Columbia Public Schools shows more than $4.4 million in cuts. See a partial summary of the budget here.
The Columbia School Board is likely to pass its first balanced budget in eight years this week, with trims to positions and services. The public may comment on it before the vote on Thursday evening.
The six trees, together worth between $4,200 and $4,800, were found cut down on the last day of school. Contrary to rumors, they were not "memory trees" planted in memory of a student who died, Rock Bridge officials said.
A 16-year-old student at a high school in New York is facing charges of identity theft and unauthorized use of a computer for blocking teachers' access to the system.
A special meeting of the Columbia School Board on Thursday resulted in the election of James Whitt to a seat vacated last month.
Endearingly called "nerd camp," MSA faces cuts that are potentially devastating. “For some kids, this is their only shot,” says David Welch, director of gifted education for the state.
Columbia educator Bert Schulte, former assistant superintendent for Columbia Public Schools during the 1990s, is one of three finalists for the position of state commissioner of education.
The conference, held Monday and Tuesday was the first of its kind for the state of Missouri
Representatives from the Board of Education plan to vote against the two plans before the Tax Increment Financing Committee at Tuesday's meeting.
The Columbia School Board approved a 1 percent stipend for hourly support staff and asked to revisit the whole salary schedule for more improvements.
The conference sponsored by the Missouri P-20 Center for Education Policy Research will highlight the use of longitudinal statistics to measure student performance.
The money would be used to boost the salaries of hourly support staff and instructional aides. For support staff, the increase would begin with 21 years of service.