Superintendent Phyllis Chase and former assistant superintendent Chris Mallory met with Ken Pearson on Friday discuss what improvements need to be made before the school opens in 2010.
A decision to put a high school in a place with no existing sewer lines, with country roads with no curbs or shoulders has left Boone County officials and utility providers wondering how to meet the demands the proposed school would create.
It was the simple availability of land, not its location, that drove Columbia Public Schools officials to choose a farm southeast of Columbia as the site for a third major high school, Superintendent Phyllis Chase said.
Twenty acres near Waco and Brown Station roads in northeast Columbia will be the likely site of another elementary school for Columbia Public Schools.
In the coming weeks, Cole County Circuit Judge Richard Callahan will single-handedly decide a key case involving the state’s multi-billion-dollar school funding plan.
Beginning this coming school year, GPS devices are being installed on all 170 school buses in Columbia. They will be ready before school picks up in August.
A recent $750,000 grant to the MU School of Medicine will bring state-of-the-art technology to Columbia and St. Louis public schools. The money is part of a national effort to connect medical institutions to their surrounding communities and get elementary and secondary students more interested in science.
The Children’s Barn will recreate a natural farm environment, complete with common Missouri farm livestock and a staff of animal youth educators to help visitors better understand how Midwestern farms operate.
The idea of a classroom full of teachers discussing physics might make any student cringe. But when class involves making batteries out of potatoes and lemons, launching marbles into the air and stargazing in a field, students might take an interest.
During the summer, the Between The Pages program gives high school students an opportunity to obtain high school credit and earn money by working at the MBS Textbook Exchange deli.
For the past two weeks, Stephens has hosted the Young Writers Workshop, a four-hour-a-day program aimed at getting kids entering first through sixth grades interested in creative writing.
In July, members of the planning committees for the two new schools will visit the Kansas City area to see how other districts are building schools.
A year-round school calendar is one way Darin Preis, vice president of the Columbia Board of Education, thinks outside the box.
Missouri children starting public school in kindergarten or first grade will have to receive eye exams, beginning with the 2008-2009 school year.
Several members of the public are not happy with the site selected and attended Thursday’s school board workshop to voice conerns.
The Extended School Year program, which began June 12 as part of several summer schools in Columbia, offers services for children with disabilities to help them continue progressing and retain skills they acquired during the regular academic year.
Although total summer school enrollment has remained consistent, enrollment for high school students in Columbia has nearly doubled during the past two summers. Enrollment for grades 9-12 has grown from 517 students in 2004 to nearly 1,000 students this summer.
Next year, Columbia Public Schools Superintendent Phyllis Chase’s annual report card will likely be based on a new grading scale.
The Columbia Public School District’s insurance company will pay $5,000 to Phil and Cheryl Mitchell to offset medical bills in the settlement of a personal-injury lawsuit filed against the district.
The Missouri Virtual Instruction Program, starting in August, will take children out of the traditional classroom and send them online to learn. Yet no teachers have been hired for the program.