The break affected New Haven Elementary School and about 80 homes in Columbia.
Columbia teachers are divided over the merits of merit pay. Columbia is looking at the issue now so it can be ahead of the curve in the event merit pay becomes an accepted system nationally, Christine King, a board member, said.
Talking about merit pay seemed to generate a little heat among Columbia School Board members at their meeting early Thursday. Although merit pay has been discussed as a possibility before, putting a start date onto it sparked a discussion showing opposing views.
Columbia Public Schools and the Boys and Girls Club reached an agreement that will allow the club to use space in Field Elementary School this semester.
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education plans to make changes throughout the state, whether or not it recieves a $743 million federal grant. Possible changes could include expanding Internet access and implementing tougher charter school standards.
Fairview Elementary School and Smithton Middle School have been chosen to receive $1,000 to create safe routes for students who walk to school.
Police continue to investigate after a student report of a BB gun at Jefferson Junior High School.
A news release stated that Columbia police think the BB gun was removed and taken off school property.
Three seats are open on the board.
To comply with federal regulations, Missouri is seeking to change its guidelines regarding special education. A final public hearing before recommendations are submitted to the state board of education will be held Jan. 26 in St. Louis.
Instead of offering students $100 for perfect attendance at summer school, the Columbia Public School District will offer raffles and other incentives throughout the summer session.
Gov. Jay Nixon's announcement this fall of a $204 million budget cut removes the Missouri Virtual Instruction Program's state-funded seats. For students wishing to continue their online education, parents, schools or districts must now foot the bill.
Head of School Scott K. Gibson III says his students benefit from seeing international students overcome the challenges that go along with living in a new country. Gibson is working to expand the school's study-abroad program.
Columbia Public Schools has announced by text message that schools will be closed Friday because of winter weather.
Columbia Public Schools canceled most after-school activities Wednesday because of winter weather.
Administrators will wait until 5:30 a.m. Thursday to decide whether there will be early dismissal or cancellation.
Following a requirement by the federal government, Columbia Public Schools is implementing a new system allows students and staff to identify more than one choice for their race.
The mission of MU High School includes striving to “provide distance learning courses, through a variety of delivery methods, that will complement traditional high school curricula,” according to its Web site. “We’re constantly developing more online courses and having a more online presence,” said Principal Kristi Smalley.
MU High School is making its first attempt at targeting an older audience by partnering with BJC HealthCare in St. Louis. This nonprofit health care organization offers its employees financial help in taking classes and working toward their high school diploma.
Incumbent James Whitt, Dan Holt and Jonathan Sessions bring to five the number of candidates for the Columbia School Board. The filing deadline is Jan. 19, 2010.