K-12 Education

Columbia voters approve $50 million school bond issue

The $50 million bond issue will increase the district's debt service levy by 4 cents and will fund the construction of a new elementary school scheduled to open in January 2018.

Columbia Public Schools to consolidate administrative staff

When Deputy Superintendent Nick Boren and Chief Academic Officer Sally Beth Lyon retire in June, the district will not replace their positions but will instead divide their duties among existing staff members in the administration, district spokeswoman Michelle Baumstark said.

7 educators honored by Columbia Fund for Academic Excellence

Columbia Public Schools educators selected as this year's Columbia Fund for Academic Excellence honorees were surprised with the announcementin their classrooms and offices Tuesday morning.


New report details racial gap among U.S. children

At the core of the report is a newly devised index based on 12 indicators measuring a child's success from birth to adulthood.

New park brings benefits to Alpha Hart Elementary

A city park with a number of kid-oriented features is being built about a block from Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School. Teachers and parents are excited about the addition of the Norma Sutherland Smith Park to the area.

Schools increasingly check students for obesity

Some school district do what is known as surveillance, in which students are measured to identify how many are at risk for weight-related health problems but they remain anonymous. Other districts do screenings to track the weight of individual students and notify parents whose children are classified at an unhealthy weight.

School board candidates discuss Common Core, collective bargaining

The four candidates running for three spots on the Columbia School Board answered questions Tuesday at the Columbia NAACP Candidates Forum.

Black preschoolers more likely to face suspension

Advocates long have said get-tough suspension and arrest policies in schools have contributed to a "school-to-prison" pipeline that snags minority students.

BATTLE RISING: Athletes compete in kick-off track meet at Battle High School

The teams from Battle High School, Hickman High School and Rock Bridge High School competed in track and field events.

UPDATE: Nick Boren, Columbia deputy schools superintendent, announces retirement

Deputy Superintendent Nick Boren has spent 29 years in education and has been with Columbia Public Schools since 2007.

SCHOOL BOARD Q&A: Helen Wade discusses student achievement, non-traditional learning environments

School Board candidate Helen Wade wants to emphasize achievement gap evaluation and "manage the district's funds in a careful, student-centered manner."

UPDATE: Education officials endorse Missouri school plan

Education officials say more than 62,000 Missouri students are enrolled in unaccredited or provisionally accredited school districts.

Columbia School Board candidates discuss teacher pay

Candidates weighed the merits of reversing the 2006 freeze in teachers' salaries against raising the base-pay for all teachers.

Columbia Public Schools' websites to be redesigned

The district's website will also get a new domain name. Middle schools will reduce number of class periods from nine to seven beginning in the 2014-15 school year.

'Speak Your Mind' forum discusses bullying, bystander intervention

The "Speak Your Mind" forum covered physical, emotional and psychological bullying at Hickman High School on Wednesday evening with students, teachers and community members in attendance.

SCHOOL BOARD Q&A: Joseph Toepke discusses district planning, supporting students

School Board candidate Joseph Toepke said he'd like to see if there is a better way for the district to partner with different organizations to plan more strategically for the next generation of schools. He also discussed his belief that all children are exceptional.

Columbia School Board candidates address education models, school start times

The candidates also discussed evaluating Columbia Public Schools' college and career preparation programs.

SCHOOL BOARD Q&A: Jonathan Sessions discusses budget, bond issues

School Board candidate Jonathan Sessions said he wants to build a budget that maintains current programs and keep promises to the community to stay on course toward continuous improvement.

Columbia School Board candidates discuss Common Core, violence in schools

Candidates said that community support and involvement make the school district stand out, two candidates support extending the school year in future.

UPDATE: Columbia school bus driver accused of striking boy, 7

After reviewing security footage from the bus, Shepard Boulevard Elementary School notified the Columbia Police Department of the incident. The bus driver has been charged with third-degree assault.