K-12 Education

Columbia School Board tours new elementary school

Members of the Columbia School Board toured the new elementary school, Alpha Hart Lewis, on Monday.

School Board to discuss future financial plans Monday

Columbia School Board will hear reports about the financial challenges that lie ahead if state funding declines.

Budget predictions dire for Columbia Public Schools

All public schools should expect to have the state funding cut because of the state's shortfall of $1 billion in revenue over the past two fiscal years, a state representative told members of the Columbia School Board at a Monday night meeting.

Missouri middle school: Students failing homework? Then don't assign any

A middle school in southeast Missouri is doing away with homework after finding that it was partly responsible for an increase in struggling and failing students.

Columbia schools cut energy costs

Five Columbia elementary schools saved more than $70,000 in utility costs during the past two school years because of new ground source heating and cooling systems.

Title I status poses opportunities, challenges for Douglass High School

This year, Douglass High School became eligible for federal money under the No Child Left Behind Act in spite of its unique situation as an alternative school. The school now must deal with repercussions from not meeting achievement standards.

Three school board positions up for grabs

Two three-year seats and a one-year position are coming open on the Columbia School Board. The filing period opens Tuesday and will continue to Jan. 19.

Missouri schools complain over supplies with Obama logo

A supply company is recalling school supplies with logos similar to President Barack Obama's campaign because of complaints from Missouri schools.

Columbia Public School discusses planning to improve district

Columbia Public Schools aim to create a Comprehensive School Improvement Plan with input from the community. Members of the community gathered Thursday to voice their opinions and discuss the plan.

Kahlers remembered at candlelight vigil

A candlelight vigil was held Thursay at the Activity and Recreation Center in remembrance of Karen Kahler, her two daughters, Emily and Lauren, and her grandmother Dorothy Wight,  who were shot and killed Saturday.

Funeral set for Saturday for Kahler family members

Five days after the fatal shootings of Emily, Lauren and Karen Kahler, friends in Columbia are honoring the Kahlers as well as Karen's grandmother, Dorothy Wight, with memorial services and vigils.

Parkade dads take on role as WATCH D.O.G.S. at school

The WATCH D.O.G.S program at Parkade Elementary School allows fathers and father figures to come to the school during the day to help out and work with students.

Bond funds reallocated to pay for new Columbia elementary school

In the bond election to go before voters in April, the cost of building the new high school is lower than originally estimated and funds for other projects reworked, making it possible to pay for a new elementary school.

KAHLER KILLINGS: Teachers, friends mourn children lost in triple homicide

Friends and classmates in Texas and Missouri remember Emily and Lauren Kahler, who were shot to death, along with their mother, on Saturday evening. "She could light up a room with her smile," said one of Lauren's Columbia friends, Paige Shipma.

Columbia Public Schools to host forum about objectives

Columbia Public Schools will host a public forum Thursday to discuss the five-year Comprehensive School Improvement Plan.

MU improves conversation about plagiarism through software

More and more universities, including MU, are using plagiarism software and Web sites such as SafeAssign and The use of such detection programs is not disciplinary in nature. It's meant to teach students how to avoid copying their work.

VIDEO: Rock Bridge students volunteer through student-run service program

A study commissioned by The Volunteer Family and released in July reports that more than 70 percent of youths ages 12 to 17 have volunteered.

Columbia School Board discusses contract options for new high school

The Columbia School Board talked about whether to use a general contractor or a construction management agency for construction of the new high school.

AED helps save life of school district employee

An automated external defibrillator kept at Hickman High School appears to have been a lifesaver for a carpenter in Columbia Public Schools who went into cardiac arrest Tuesday.

Through Virtual High School, Columbia teacher's lessons reach coast to coast

Julie Nichols' online civics class has students from Alaska to Massachusetts. Her involvement in the virtual school creates opportunity for Columbia students to enroll in online classes.