K-12 Education

Main break leaves homes and elementary school without water: UPDATE

The break affected New Haven Elementary School and about 80 homes in Columbia.

UPDATE: School Board wants to continue merit pay discussion

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.

Merit pay: School Board wants more discussion

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.

Boys and Girls Club granted access to empty school building

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.

Missouri education changes not dependent on grant

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.

Two Columbia schools receive grants to create safe walking routes

Fairview Elementary School and Smithton Middle School have been chosen to receive $1,000 to create safe routes for students who walk to school.

Jefferson Junior High students released for lunch after gun reported

Police continue to investigate after a student report of a BB gun at Jefferson Junior High School.

UPDATE: Jefferson Junior High BB gun not found, believed removed from school property

A news release stated that Columbia police think the BB gun was removed and taken off school property.

Columbia School Board candidates named

Three seats are open on the board.

Missouri education department seeks public input on special education services

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.

School Board approves bond issue, new summer school contract

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.

Missouri budget cuts could roil virtual school students, parents

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.

Columbia Independent School works to integrate, expand international program

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.

Public schools closed Friday

Columbia Public Schools has announced by text message that schools will be closed Friday because of winter weather.

UPDATE: Columbia Public Schools cancels most after-school activities Wednesday

Columbia Public Schools canceled most after-school activities Wednesday because of winter weather.

Columbia Public Schools will remain in session Wednesday

Administrators will wait until 5:30 a.m. Thursday to decide whether there will be early dismissal or cancellation.

Columbia school district starts multiracial identification

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.

MU High continues to grow

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.

Partnership pairs MU High School with older prospective students

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.

More candidates file to run for Columbia School Board

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.