The new Columbia School Board met for the first time together Monday night to discuss salary schedules and teachers' working conditions with teacher organizations.
Teacher salaries and finances are scheduled to be discussed by the Columbia School Board on Monday. The board is also scheduled to elect a president and vice president.
A fire in a Fredericktown Middle School Saturday spread through the school. The district is planning how to shuffle students.
School leaders cite nearly 130 informative presentations and face-to-face meetings with more than 7,000 members of the community as vital to the 77 percent voter approval of the $120 million school bond.
A Missouri Senate committee decided Thursday to eliminate state funding for a program that pays teachers extra money for after-school tutoring.
The $37 million Career Ladder program provides teachers with extra pay for things such as after-school tutoring, but Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Rob Mayer of Dexter said the money could be used to help close a projected $500 million shortfall in next year's budget.
Incumbents Jan Mees and James Whitt both won three-year seats on the Columbia School Board, along with newcomer Jonathan Sessions for a one-year term. Dan Holt and Phil Peters plan to continue their involvement in Columbia education, whether on the board or not.
About 77 percent of voters approved a $120 million bond issue put forth by Columbia Public Schools.
Now finishing his first year on the Columbia School Board, Whitt said closing the academic achievement gap and providing adequate physical facilities are two key goals.
Jan Mees, who is running to keep her seat on the Columbia School Board, said her primary goals are closing the academic achievement gap between students and balancing the district budget.
Dan Holt said his Columbia School Board loss in 2009 left him with “unfinished business." He's ready to change that outcome in his favor in 2010.
Business owner and Hickman High School graduate Jonathan Sessions, 27, sees his age as an advantage in the race for the Columbia School Board. He looks to provide a generational perspective and technological knowledge to the board during a one-year term.
MU law professor Philip Peters emphasizes the link between early childhood education and success in school later. He says when he looks at an issue, he begins with the evidence.
Contributions for the awards come from area residents and businesses.
Peter Stiepleman, principal of West Boulevard Elementary School, changed his life to help children in need. Now, he looks forward to his new position as assistant superintendent for elementary education.
Anxieties come from two sides: if the bond issue passes and if it doesn't. If it passes, concerns include future funding and staffing of proposed new schools and possible losses of current programs. If it doesn't pass, concerns include overcrowding in schools, funding for maintenance of current facilities and missing out on a good economic climate in which to build.
Shepard Boulevard Elementary is the first school in Missouri to implement the Leader In Me program into their curriculum.
The 13 positions that Columbia Public Schools is eliminating will affect West Boulevard Elementary, Lee Elementary and Midway Elementary, among others.
Mayor and city council members talk about how to better serve the city.
The Chamber of Commerce's candidate forum was the last before the April 6 election. Schoool board candidates discussed the bond issue and negative perceptions about the school district.