K-12 Education

Shelbina girl spells her way to national competition

Twelve-year-old Elizabeth Platz, a seventh-grader representing Columbia Home Educators, won the Regional Spelling Bee on Thursday and will compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., in May.

Columbia Catholic's auction proceeds will go to improvements

Columbia Catholic School will use its annual fundraiser, which is Saturday at Boone County Fairgrounds, to raise money for improving security at the school.

Parkade fourth-grader prepares for regional spelling bee

Dylan Valleroy will represent Parkade Elementary School at the Columbia Tribune Regional Spelling Bee on Thursday. Out of 57 competitors, the winner will earn a trip to Washington, D.C., for the National Spelling Bee in May.

Missouri debates new ways to fund schools with gambling money

A gambling initiative passed in November was supposed to annually support the state's K-12 schools, but as of now more than 100 schools would receive no additional funding next year. Sen. Rob Nayer would like to see the funds distributed through the state's normal formula and also based on each district's number of gifted students.

Rock Bridge to host pep assembly in recognition of semifinal qualification

Rock Bridge High School is having a pep assembly on Thursday to recognize the boys basketball team, which qualified for the state semifinals. The pep assembly will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in Rock Bridge's gym.

Columbia School Board approves $4.4 million budget cut

The reduction would eliminate math and literacy coaches in the district. The board also approved final changes to the superintendent's contract.

Columbia School Board to discuss budget cut details

The proposed reductions, totaling $4.4 million, will go before the board Monday. A board member says 71 positions would be eliminated, but most through attrition, not cutting jobs of current employees.

Three upcoming forums spotlight school board candidates

The race for the Columbia School Board is heating up as candidates participate in three public forums this month. The first is Monday.

CPS board discusses contract for new superintendent

The Columbia Public Schools Board of Education met Wednesday to discuss the contract of its new superintendent, Chris Belcher. The final version of the contract will be approved by the board in a meeting Monday.

Lutheran School to add grade in fall 2009

Four students will become Good Shepherd Lutheran School's first eighth-grade class next fall.

Four mid-Missouri counselors honored for guiding children personally, academically

Four professional school counselors and a principal in Columbia and Fulton won awards for counseling in the mid-Missouri region and are now eligible for state honors.

New superintendent finds hope, success in community relationships

A trip to Kearney to visit Columbia's incoming schools superintendent, Chris Belcher, presents a man committed to his community and the students in it.

City donates 35 computers to families in need

The Voluntary Action Center, Downtown Optimist Club and the city of Columbia gave away 35 computers to families in need through the "Homes for Computers" progam on Saturday.

Rock Bridge teacher brings AIDS education to forefront of class

A contemporary issues teacher at Rock Bridge High School pushes his students to help resolve problems in the United States and around the world.

Smithton students to perform "We Are the Dream" on Saturday

Smithton Middle School students will take the stage  Saturday as they perform "We Are the Dream." The performance will combine acting, music and photographs.

Students provoke discussion with AIDS projects

Rock Bridge High School students use projects as a starting point for a community conversation about AIDS.

High school students 'Rock Da Mic'

Students from Hickman, Rock Bridge and Douglass high schools spent their Friday night on stage singing, rapping, dancing and reading poetry.

New Columbia schools superintendent drawn by challenges

Chris Belcher came to Columbia on Friday to be introduced as Columbia's new superintendent of public schools. He said he plans to make Columbia his final work destination.

Belcher likely to become next Columbia Public Schools superintendent

Chris Belcher is expected to become the next superintendent of Columbia Public Schools.

Chris Belcher likely to be named Columbia Public Schools chief

Chris Belcher is expected to be announced as Columbia's next public schools superintendent Friday morning. Belcher said he thinks it will be a good fit and hopes for a long tenure.