The Columbia Public School District is asking voters to approve a 54-cent tax levy. Based on an assessment by financial consultants, this increase, as well as an internal budget reduction of $5 million, will result in financial stability for the next five years.
West Boulevard Elementary School hosted the third annual Children's Museum. This year's exhibit focused on women's history.
All Priority I recommendations were cut with one change: The number of literacy coach positions eliminated was reduced from four to two.
The Columbia School Board will likely approve Priority I budget cuts totaling $5 million at a Thursday morning meeting.
Darin Preis balances family with the his numerous involvements throughout Columbia, including his role as vice president of the Columbia School Board.
Columbia School Board candidate Tom Rose says he wants to help balance the budget and narrow the achievement gap.
She decided to seek election because of her concerns over recent decisions made by Columbia Public Schools administration, including the location of the new high school, a tax levy increase being put to voters on the April 8 ballot and curriculum selections, especially integrated math.
To Rosie Tippin, being around children isn’t just something she enjoys — it’s her life.
“It’s kind of in my blood,” said Tippin, who is campaigning for the first time for one of three open seats on the Columbia School Board.
School Board candidates offered different ways to overcome budget shortcomings in Columbia Public Schools.
Teachers, parents and students weighed in Thursday on the Columbia Public School Board’s 108 proposed budget cuts.
Many people showed up to offer input on the Ridgeway busing cuts. Other comments addressed cuts to counseling and ending insurance for part-time employees.
The Columbia School Board will meet tonight to talk about proposed ways to cut $5 million out of the district’s annual operating budget.
The Elementary Enrollment Planning Committee has finalized its initial elementary school redistricting proposal, which would reorganize boundary lines that determine attendance in the Columbia Public School District.
More than 250 Hickman students and teachers attended a forum to discuss the recent crime spike in Columbia.
Across the board, school budgets would be tightened and some positions would be cut to prevent further employee firings and increased class sizes.
School board member Tom Rose spoke to the board “as a citizen” during the public comments portion of the meeting Monday night.
In other business, the school board approved the administration’s recommendation to select Professional Contractors & Engineers, Inc. as the general contractor for the construction of the new elementary school.
For two hours on Monday night, Columbia School Board members listened to Superintendent Phyllis Chase read through a list — item by item — of 108 cuts the district could possibly make to save money.
The teachers association is not likely to seek more pay this time.
A $1.7 million bond issue on the April ballot would allow for the construction of a fifth grade wing onto the elementary school.