The lottery had record sales of nearly $1.16 billion during the 2014 budget year that ended June 30. Yet the amount of lottery proceeds transferred to education declined to $267 million this past year from a high of nearly $289 million in 2013.
Lonnie Tapia, a soccer coach and art teacher at Tolton High School, is almost finished with a sculpture he began when a red maple tree fell in his yard over a decade ago.
Stella Read and Jim Hogan are specialists who will assist students who move often in a new program Columbia Public Schools enacted this year. So far, the specialists have had cases ranging from students who don't speak English to students who are facing homelessness.
After an anonymous gun threat was posted on the social media app Yik Yak on Friday, Columbia school administrators sent a request to the app company to remove future access to the social media site around all 34 of their campus locations.
Students are rewarded for checking out a top 10 banned book with candy prizes.
After Rock Bridge High School's lockdown Friday, administrators are getting up to speed about anonymous messaging apps. "I don't have the ability to stop this," Rock Bridge's principal said.
After a threat to use a firearm at Rock Bridge High School was posted on Yik Yak, the high school, Rock Bridge Elementary School, Gentry Middle School and the Columbia Area Career Center were placed on a modified lockdown. An increased law enforcement presence was expected at Friday's football game between Rock Bridge and Hickman High School.
The proposed communications tower would enhance radio, cellular and wireless internet signals, but no action has been taken on the project yet.
The board unanimously voted in favor of a resolution that opposes Amendment 3, which will be on the state's Nov. 4 ballot. The board was also updated on the 2014 summer school program.
Columbia Public Schools Foundation announced its grant recipients for the 2014-15 school year on Wednesday.
Julie Nichols, manager for instructional technology for Columbia Public Schools, said the devices are intended to prepare them for their transition into middle school.
A National Science Foundation grant will fund the Science ARTreach program between MU and Lee Elementary.
Hickman, Rock Bridge and Battle high schools were honored for excellence in student athlete safety.
Constitutional Amendment 3 will remain on the Nov. 4 ballot, but the group said it won't be pouring money into an effort to pass the initiative.
The board also canceled a project for flashing school zone signs.
The Pattonville, Ritenour and Ferguson-Florissant districts reversed their decisions and now enroll Normandy students. Only Francis Howell requires a court order for each student wanting to re-enroll.
The Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis will bring speakers to Columbia to implement ideas and processes for working with children with Down syndrome in public schools.
The measure up for a vote in November would tie teachers' jobs to student performance.
Missouri assessment data released on Friday highlights a widening achievement gap. Columbia's MAP test, a yearly test taken statewide, saw some positive advances but showed its subgroup is falling behind.
The donation from Missouri Department of Conservation and the Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation to Hickman, Battle and Rock Bridge high schools will strengthen their outdoor curriculums.