K-12 Education

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.

SLIDESHOW: Field Elementary School closes its doors

Students at Field Elementary School marked the school's last day on Friday. Students, teachers and staff will move to a new building at the start of the new year.

Eugene Field Elementary hosts farewell open house

The school invited members of the community to visit Thursday, the night before the final day of classes that the elementary students will have in the building.

Missouri to shut down Wellston School District near St. Louis

The district, which lost its state accreditation in 2003, will be merged with the nearby Normandy School District.

Two Columbia tutoring programs see growth in services

Two Columbia tutoring programs, Jumpstart and A Way With Words and Numbers, have seen growth in their services this year. “With funding being a constraint, our goal each year is to grow inch by inch to serve more and more children,” says Jumpstart's Chrissie Bennett. 

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.