The Columbia School Board unanimously approved purchasing certificates of deposit issued by local banks during its meeting Oct. 13. The decision is a result of the economic downturn the country has experienced in recent months, said Linda Quinley, business director for Columbia Public Schools.
All members of the school board except for Ines Segert voted to approve the new math curriculum documents. The board also heard a report from the firm aiding in its search for a new superintendent.
Columbia public schools now have revamped math curriculum objectives.
The county and city Planning and Zoning Commissions made history when they decided to work together to write a sub-area plan for the land around the site of the new Columbia public high school. But members' continued low attendance indicates the plan is being written by a handful of regular attendees.
Eight public forums are taking place through the month of October at public schools in Columbia regarding a new high school, which is expected to open in August 2010.
Monday night's Columbia Public School Board meeting could end the long math curriculum revision process.
More than 300 students at Parkade Elementary take advantage of the free breakfast stations set up in the school's hallways each morning. The free breakfast is part of a Department of Agriculture program to ensure students are starting off the day right. Schools qualify to offer free breakfast if they have a high free and reduced lunch enrollment.
Russell Boulevard Elementary's Parent Teacher Association has been raising money toward a new fitness track on the school playground. After the school's 50th anniversary celebration, it may have met its goal.
A gang awareness forum will be held in the Hickman High School media center at 7 p.m. Oct. 22.
On Tuesday, students from Family Career and Community Leaders of America groups from three junior high schools painted pumpkins and delivered them to nursing homes.
Columbia elementary school counselors will host two viewings for parents to observe the sexual abuse prevention books and videos their children are scheduled to view at school this year.
For a second year, Hickman High School will host its Kewpie Math Classic, a math competition for middle school students with questions created by members of Mu Alpha Theta, a math honor society at Hickman.
Nontraditional math curriculum used in Columbia Public Schools vary in a lot of ways, and educators hope students would gain multiple problem-solving skills from it.
Despite meeting Missouri Assessment Program proficiency targets as a school, Mill Creek Elementary School wound up on No Child Left Behind's "needs improvement" list for 2008. Principal Mary Sue Gipson says the label doesn't accurately reflect the school.
About 30 people spoke at a Columbia Public Schools' public comments meeting Thursday night. Among their concerns were quick, responsible curriculum decisions and easing children through the district's planned math changes.
The school will hold a Western-themed celebration Thursday, with visits from alumni and former teachers.
Organizers for Read for the Record, which took place Wednesday, hoped to involve 400,000 people to break the record for the most children being read the same book by adults on the same day.
The joint committee decided they need more time before making recommendations to the public.
For the eighth graders in Columbia's junior high school bands, Friday's Providence Bowl Parade was their first public marching experience. The three junior high marching bands, alongside the high school bands, also played the national anthem at the rivalry game.
Enrollment in AP classes increased this year at Rock Bridge and Hickman high schools, an increase that mirrors the statewide increase of 14 percent. Douglass High School does not offer AP courses but its students can take the courses at Hickman and Rock Bridge. The increase in AP enrollment can be attributed to two factors: saving money and seeking a challenge.