Columbia Independent School welcomed back students Tuesday to a new school year and a new campus that combines its upper and lower schools. The new facility also houses a fitness center, new-media center and "junior kindergarten" for preschool-age children.
The 4.25-cent increase will be used to compensate teachers for continuing their educations, but raises will still not reflect experience.
Seventeen different languages are spoken in the four schools that make up the Bayless School District in St. Louis County.
In a meeting Wednesday, city and county officials discussed the need for 15 to 20 acres of land near the location of the new high school for a park.
High school students in Columbia had their strongest average scores in psychology, their lowest in U.S. history.
School Board member Tom Rose said that the increase is the maximum increase possible, and that the board has in no way decided to accept the full levy. There will be a public forum at 7:30 a.m. Thursday in the District Administration Building.
Ridgeway faces larger classes than ever before because of student transfers allowed under provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act.
Students transferring from underachieving schools to schools such as Two Mile Prairie Elementary School, which have met proficiency goals, are contributing to oversized classes. In Two Mile Prairie's case, classes have seen burgeoning sizes, some exceeding standards set by the state.
Because Columbia is home to so many educators, a number of families have parents as well as children returning to school. “During these back-to-school days, our house is an exciting place to be,” said Bill Allen, assistant professor of agricultural journalism at MU.
Students in Columbia Public Schools went back to school on Monday. Do you have a photo you want to share from the first day? E-mail it to us at submissions@MyMissourian.com.
Columbia teachers are turning to nonprofit DonorsChoose.org to combat budget cuts and the failing economy.
There were seven confirmed H1N1 cases during summer school this year, a school official said. On Wednesday, school nurses discussed the health issue at a district staff meeting.
After 12 years, Mary Korth-Lloyd, principal at Rock Bridge Elementary School, will return to the classroom for a year. She hopes to become a better leader after she has walked in teacher's shoes again.
Parents of affected students must turn in request for transfer forms by Aug. 28 if they decide to pursue the option.
Organizations such as the Voluntary Action Center and the Salvation Army are providing classroom supplies, backpacks and clothing to schools and students in need.
The Columbia school district's property tax may increase by 8 cents per $100 appraised beginning in December.
Columbia Public School students have exceeded state and national averages and shown slight improvement over last year's average scores. The average ACT score for students in Columbia Public Schools is 23.9.
Columbia School Board members spend a substantial amount of time to complete a majority of their board work between regular meetings. But they say it's time well spent as they go about doing what they think is best for the district.
An official vaccine for the H1N1 virus won't be available until mid-October, and the Columbia Public School District has no specific protocols in place for an outbreak, so parents have been urged to simply keep their children at home when they are sick.
With one out of every four students in the nation failing to graduate high school in four years, it's time to step back and look at the causes and symptoms of the high school dropout – and possible solutions to the sobering statistic.