A kindergarten classroom in Benton Elementary School found mold last week. The students have been moved temporarily as the school cleans out the contaminated room.
The Columbia Public School Board voted on contracts at its meeting Monday night, causing starting teacher salary to drop from $34,353 to $33,989.
Heather Sheridan, who has two sons at Benton Elementary, is concerned about the school’s mold problem. Asthma and nosebleeds have been attributed to the mold.
Newly-elected school board member Ines Segert said she does not believe any additional cuts need to be made; the administration has said otherwise.
Supporting public education will help us deal with current, future problems.
Vote yes for the proposed tax levy on April 8.
The Columbia Public School District is asking voters to approve a 54-cent tax levy. Based on an assessment by financial consultants, this increase, as well as an internal budget reduction of $5 million, will result in financial stability for the next five years.
West Boulevard Elementary School hosted the third annual Children's Museum. This year's exhibit focused on women's history.
All Priority I recommendations were cut with one change: The number of literacy coach positions eliminated was reduced from four to two.
The Columbia School Board will likely approve Priority I budget cuts totaling $5 million at a Thursday morning meeting.
Darin Preis balances family with the his numerous involvements throughout Columbia, including his role as vice president of the Columbia School Board.
Columbia School Board candidate Tom Rose says he wants to help balance the budget and narrow the achievement gap.
She decided to seek election because of her concerns over recent decisions made by Columbia Public Schools administration, including the location of the new high school, a tax levy increase being put to voters on the April 8 ballot and curriculum selections, especially integrated math.
To Rosie Tippin, being around children isn’t just something she enjoys — it’s her life.
“It’s kind of in my blood,” said Tippin, who is campaigning for the first time for one of three open seats on the Columbia School Board.
School Board candidates offered different ways to overcome budget shortcomings in Columbia Public Schools.
Teachers, parents and students weighed in Thursday on the Columbia Public School Board’s 108 proposed budget cuts.
Many people showed up to offer input on the Ridgeway busing cuts. Other comments addressed cuts to counseling and ending insurance for part-time employees.
The Columbia School Board will meet tonight to talk about proposed ways to cut $5 million out of the district’s annual operating budget.
The Elementary Enrollment Planning Committee has finalized its initial elementary school redistricting proposal, which would reorganize boundary lines that determine attendance in the Columbia Public School District.
More than 250 Hickman students and teachers attended a forum to discuss the recent crime spike in Columbia.