One idea to address the budget overage for the new high school is to pare some facilities.
The program had 26 participants from 11 states.
So long, junior high; see you later, middle school. When the new high school opens, the grade setup for Columbia Public Schools will change, putting ninth graders in high schools and grades six through eight in intermediate schools.
Columbia Public Schools is trying to put more Missouri-grown food into school lunches. Just ask the kids at Paxton Keeley Elementary School. On Wednesday, they had zucchini casserole made with Missouri-grown vegetables — and they didn't hate it.
Some parents who choose to home school their children use prepared curricula, and guides for age-appropriate skills. Others throw it all out the window.
Hunting for bugs (and letting them go), pulling up invasive honeysuckle and taking in the great outdoors are all part of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources' Explorer Days, a three-day program for children to learn about the state's animals and plants.
Students from Grant and Paxton Keeley Elementary schools celebrated the Fourth of July with two parades.
Breosha Williams received a $1,000 scholarship through Minority Men's Network. Williams plans to attend Stephens College in the fall and major in fashion design and business.
Columbia Public Schools continues to push through the paperwork necessary to start construction on a new high school. Groundbreaking is set for mid-July.
The Columbia School Board is waiting on Boone County to approve an agreement for a road along the new high school site in northeast Columbia.
The Columbia School Board will review an agreement related to easements on the property for the new high school at a special meeting Tuesday.
The struggling economy and use of the "construction manager" project model lead to huge number of bids.
The long-range facilities committee proposed a plan to incorporate all administration offices in one location by expanding the Administration Building on Worley St.
Five teachers from Columbia and Mexico plan to file a lawsuit against the Missouri Department of Secondary and Elementary Education and a UM program after being fired three months into a one-year contract. A UM attorney states that the teachers were on a probation when funding was cut, and they were fired.
The Columbia Chamber of Commerce board said it needs more information before deciding whether to endorse a program to rate and improve early childhood education and after-school centers and homes.
Parents as Teachers participants will soon have to pay a fee after Gov. Jay Nixon signed legislation Thursday cutting into the program's budget. Other bills signed by Nixon will decrease telephone access rates and increase spinal cord research grants.
The Columbia School Board approved two budget amendments during its meeting Thursday: One reduces funding for bus transportation, and the other is a clarification to the 2009-10 budget.
Education took a big hit Thursday in Missouri's latest round of budget cuts, as Gov. Jay Nixon halved busing aid to public schools and significantly reduced college scholarships for the upcoming academic year.
If the district could find good matches, corporate managers might take charge of one or two schools still without a principal. All principals were required to reapply for their jobs when the district recently closed 40 percent of its schools.
All members of the School Board voted to approve an increase in school meal prices to help cover the costs of improving meals.