K-12 Education

Columbia schools to receive money to help homeless children

Columbia Public School District has received roughly $6.5 million from various funds and in federal stimulus money. Although the district does not know exactly how all the money will be required to be spent, some money will be used for serving homeless students and enhancing technology use.

Hickman, Rock Bridge high schools celebrate homecoming

Homecoming week for Hickman and Rock Bridge high schools is packed with activities, all coordinating to their "Where the Wild Things Are" and circus homecoming themes, respectively.

Columbia Catholic high school named for America's first black priest

Father Augustine Tolton escaped slavery in Missouri as a child during the Civil War and went on to serve as a priest in the U.S. after his education and ordination in Rome. 

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School Board committee discusses retirement incentives, cap on sick days

Superintendent Chris Belcher proposed raising sick day compensation as an incentive for teachers to notify the district earlier that they plan to retire or resign.

Siblings of children with autism connect with others at 'Sibshops'

Brothers and sisters play a unique role in the lives of their siblings with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. To help them connect with others in similar situations, two "Sibshops" will be held at MU's Thompson Center.

Columbia Public Schools honored for guidance program

The program is being recognized for helping students. The award's namesake, Norman Gysbers, teaches in MU's College of Education.

Curriculum changes proposed for middle school, junior high

At a work session, Columbia School Board heard proposals for curriculum changes that included creating a separate health class for sixth- through eighth-graders. The board will vote on the changes next month.

Contaminants found in drinking water of US schools

An Associated Press investigation revealed cases of contaminated water in thousands of schools around the country. Contaminants have been found in schools in all 50 states.

Musician T.J. Wheeler teaches the blues to Grant students

T.J. Wheeler visited Grant Elementary students this week for the third year, as a part of his international Hope, Heroes and the Blues program. A group of students will perform with him at the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival.

St. Louis-area woman works 60 years in Missouri public schools

A woman who has worked in the Affton school district since she was in high school says she has no plans to retire.

New alternative school gives second chance to Ashland students

A new school is designed for students who struggle in traditional classroom environments. Located in the Southern Boone Middle School, it now has 20 high school students.

Columbia Public Schools to manage summer school in-house

By not renewing its contract with Edison Learning, Columbia Public Schools has effectively decided to run its summer school program in-house, a move that could save millions of dollars.

Update: Columbia School Board approves funding for online courses, Career Center addition

The Columbia School Board approved allocations of funds that will be generated by a recent property tax increase as well as of stimulus money for Title I and Title II-D programs.

School Board seeks volunteers for improvement plan

Thursday is the deadline for citizens to volunteer to help with a five-year school improvement plan for Columbia Public Schools.

School district approves funding for online courses, career center addition

Columbia School Board members unanimously voted in favor of Title II-D funding for classroom technology and approved a bid to expand the Columbia Area Career Center. Two additonal budget amendments — involving Title I funding for academically disadvantaged students and funding from a recent property tax increase — were on the agenda for consideration.

Columbia School Board to vote on career center construction bid

The Columbia School Board will meet Monday to talk about a construction bid and budget amendments.

Electronic speed limit signs to be installed in seven school zones

The city's plans to install electronic speed limit signs at local schools calls for making the Columbia Independent School a priority.

Columbia Public Schools in danger of losing Career Ladder program

Teachers and legislators met with the Columbia School Board on Thursday morning to discuss the Career Ladder program which is now in jeopardy.  The program gives monetary bonuses to teachers who spend time with students outside of their contractual time.

Mid-Missouri classrooms take varied approaches to airing Obama's speech

The president's address to schoolchildren Tuesday focused on the importance of commitment, hard work and extracurricular involvement. Some schools asked for parents' permission before showing the speech to students, while others let the students decide if they wanted to watch it.