K-12 Education

Missouri education officials look at school plans

The Missouri School Boards' Association released a plan Monday that would halt student transfers while requiring unaccredited districts to commit to improvements.

School Board expected to vote on elementary school name, bond issue

The two proposed names for the elementary school under construction in northeast Columbia going before the board are Luella St. Clair Elementary School and Eliot Battle Elementary School.

Columbia Public Schools to remain closed Friday

District spokeswoman Michelle Baumstark said all six of the district's drive teams reported hazardous conditions on bus routes Thursday. The district will extend the school year to June 5.

A new entitlement? The right to preschool

Even though Republican-run state governments have been pushing spending cuts in most areas there is one exception – preschool programs. Funding for programs that help families afford preschool is now $400 million more than before the economic downturn.


UPDATE: MU, Columbia Public Schools, other colleges cancel Tuesday classes

MU, Columbia and Stephens colleges and Columbia Public Schools canceled Tuesday classes, citing the winter storm warning from the National Weather Service. The city of Columbia offices are also closed.

Heat is out at Jefferson Middle School after electrical fire

Firefighters arrived at the central Columbia school about 6 a.m. Once the power was turned off, the fire went out.

Missouri chamber calls for expansion of online learning

The chamber said the state should fund a statewide 100 percent online public school.

'Bully' screening at Columbia youth summit moves students, parents

The documentary was part of an annual two-day campaign at Columbia's public middle schools. Topics included substance abuse, suicide prevention, and healthy and positive decision-making by young people.

Hearings will focus on unaccredited Missouri schools

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will use the feedback as it creates a statewide plan for supporting and possibly intervening in unaccredited schools.

Missouri to pay for ACT, reduce some testing times

Beginning next school year, the state will provide high school juniors with one free attempt at the ACT and introduce new standardized assessments for elementary and middle schools.

This time, Columbia doesn't close schools for subzero wind chill

"There's no magic number" that determines when to close, said Michelle Baumstark, spokeswoman for Columbia Public Schools, which did cancel classes earlier this month because of the cold.

Columbia School Board again changes Mill Creek boundaries

School attendance zones for Mill Creek Elementary School now include Bethany and Bellview drives. Also, City Manager Mike Matthes addressed the school board about tax-increment financing.

Missouri School for the Deaf has 2 interim leaders

The education department is looking for a replacement for the recently-retired Barbara Garrison.

Out-of-school suspension numbers down 26 percent

Between August and December 2013, district students served 887 out-of-school suspensions, compared to 1,204 in the same time period in 2012.

PHOTO GALLERY: Moon Landing Night teaches students about astronauts, space

The event was designed to get students excited about space for when they get to talk with astronauts in March.

School Board votes on Mill Creek enrollment, busing, discusses superintendent search

The Columbia School Board voted to provide transportation to rising fifth-graders staying at Mill Creek next year but voted against allowing their siblings to stay at the school.

Chris Belcher, outgoing superintendent of Columbia schools, talks about achievements

The superintendent says he feels listening to community concerns has been the hallmark of his five years at the School District.

Columbia School Board to discuss search for new superintendent Monday

The Columbia School Board will discuss the search to replace Superintendent Chris Belcher at its Monday meeting.

Deadline approaches to file for School Board, City Council elections

Helen Wade is the latest candidate to file for re-election to the Columbia School Board. Three positions on the board are up for election this year. Two City Council seats also available.

Columbia Public Schools superintendent announces retirement

Chris Belcher, 55, has been the superintendent of Columbia Public Schools since June 2009. He plans to take a faculty position at MU in the College of Education.