K-12 Education

Columbia School District sorting through dozens of bids for new high school construction

The struggling economy and use of the "construction manager" project model lead to huge number of bids.

Columbia Public School District committee considers plans to expand Administration Building

The long-range facilities committee proposed a plan to incorporate all administration offices in one location by expanding the Administration Building on Worley St.

Missouri teachers prepare to file lawsuit against department of education

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.

Chamber of Commerce wants more information before endorsing education centers

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.

Nixon signs legislation allowing Parents as Teachers to charge fee

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.

Columbia School Board approves two budget amendments

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.

Nixon signs new budget; education leads program cuts

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.

Kansas City School District looks to businesses for principals

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.

School Board approves 35-cent increase to school meals

All members of the School Board voted to approve an increase in school meal prices to help cover the costs of improving meals.

Columbia School District steers summer school

After contracting with EdisonLearning in the past, Columbia Public Schools decided to expand summer electives and write its own curriculum.

Unique courses help students focus in summer school

Unlike traditional lesson plans, summer school classes at Fairview Elementary involve plenty of movement and hands-on activities for children.

Columbia School Board considers 25-cent increase of school lunch prices

Columbia School Board will decide whether to increase the price of school lunches for the 2010-11 school year.

Columbia Board of Education passes 2010-11 budget

With a 5-1 vote, the Columbia Board of Education passed the 2010-11 budget. This will lead to cuts of $5.6 million and 79 positions.

Two Columbia teachers marry on Grant Elementary playground

The couple met while teaching at Grant Elementary. They wed Saturday on the school's playground, despite some afternoon showers.

Columbia Public School District could cut 79 positions

The Columbia Public School District has budgeted $5.6 million less on its next budget.  Of the 79 positions being cut, about 40 of them could be teaching positions.

Columbia Public Schools amended racial classification system

Columbia Public Schools are collecting data on staff and students using a new racial classification system. School officials say it is unknown how the new system will affect the district as it works to meet federal standards of No Child Left Behind next year.

Rock Bridge trespassing issue a 'miscommunication', tickets dropped

The trespassing tickets issued to the 18 Rock Bridge High School students who were attempting a senior prank on Thursday have been dropped.

SLIDESHOW: What Columbia students learned this year

Students from Columbia public schools share in their own words what they learned this year.

Mill Creek Elementary graduates its fifth-grade class

The school held its fifth-grade graduation Friday at Woodcrest Chapel.

David Johnson named new Hickman High School boys basketball coach

David Johnson was announced Thursday as Hickman High School's new boys basketball coach. This will be Johnson's second time holding the position. He coached the team in the early 1990s.