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K-12 Education

Rock Bridge High School organizations hold mock election

Rock Bridge's Young Democrats and Young Republicans hosted a mock election Tuesday as part of the national VOTES 2008 program. Out of the 1,736 students enrolled at Rock Bridge, 459 voted.

School resource officers focus on education, safety

Columbia police officers serve as school resource officers to help build kids' awareness of officers as well as help with incidents that arise at school.

Student's family concerned about Hickman resource officer's return to school

The family of  Hickman High School student Diamond Thrower, who was injured while attempting to break up a fight on Oct. 15, issued a news release on Thursday expressing concern about a resource officer returning to the school while still under investigation in connection with the incident.

School board sets timeline for superintendent hiring process

The Columbia Public School Board spent its Thursday morning work session setting a timeline to hire a new superintendent and passing a resolution to allow No Child Left Behind tutors to work with students inside their school buildings.

Because of Police Department policy, Brotemarkle returns to Hickman

Hickman High School resource officer Mark Brotemarkle returned to school Monday because a Columbia Police Department policy states that officers are to remain in their positions unless there is a serious incident.

Gang awareness forum stresses importance of communication and involvement

Thirty people gathered at Hickman High School on Wednesday night to discuss gang awareness in Columbia public schools.

New elementary school naming committee begins selection process

The naming committee for the new elementary school held its first meeting Wednesday to discuss the process of selecting a name for the school. The committee went over the board of education's guidelines and began looking through the suggestions submitted by the community.

Uncertain future for teen nights

Because of low attendance, organizers are unsure of the outlook for the U Matter sponsored weekend parties for teens at Going Bonkers.

ANALYSIS: Columbia Public School District's new math curriculum

The Columbia Public School District is planning its new math curriculum for next year. Here's a rundown of the curriculum that may be in place next school year.

Tulips symbolize promise to stay drug-free

Plant the Promise is a new drug and alcohol awareness project involving Columbia's youth. During the next few weeks, local children will participate by planting bulbs around the community.

Columbia police officer apologizes to Hickman student and her mother

Columbia police Officer Mark Brotemarkle has apologized to Diamond Thrower and her mother for propelling Thrower to the ground during a fight that occurred at around noon on Wednesday at Hickman High School, according to a news release from the Columbia Police Department.

Newspaper: Mo. Teachers pension fund officials living it up

Thousands of taxpayer dollars have been spent by top executives of the Missouri's teachers pension fund. This includes $1,500 bar tabs, company cars, free gas reimburstments for travel unrelated to business, and stays at New York hotels with a rate of $604.39 a night.

Fight at Hickman leads to further investigation

Hickman Resource Officer Mark Brotemarkle is under investigation by the Columbia Police Department with cooperation from Columbia Public Schools after a fight that occurred around noon Wednesday. A Hickman parent has begun collecting signatures for a petition to get Brotemarkle removed from his position.

Hickman students' lunch-time behavior questioned

Recent incidents at McDonald's including a broken window, agressive and dangerous driving and a fight in the parking lot forced McDonald's management to discuss student behavior with Hickman adminstrators.

Eighth-grader directs plays at Smithton

"Night of  Mystery" at Smithton Middle School features two single-act plays, "Check Under The Bed" and a dramatization of the Shelock Holmes story "The Case of the Mazarin Stone." The performances will be Friday and Saturday.

Race, economic diversity important to parents at new high school forums

Parents were left wondering where the school board will draw boundary lines for Columbia's middle schools and new high school.

Ridgeway Elementary reroutes buses after budget cuts

This year's school board budget cuts left Ridgeway Elementary with less money to spend on buses. Because of this, the school had to develop new routes to continue picking up all its students.

In Eco Schoolhouse, it's easy learning to be green

The Eco Schoolhouse at Grant Elementary School has given one second-grade class a hands-on learning opportunity.

School board will invest in locally issued CDs

The Columbia School Board unanimously approved purchasing certificates of deposit issued by local banks during its meeting Oct. 13. The decision is a result of the economic downturn the country has experienced in recent months, said Linda Quinley, business director for Columbia Public Schools.

School board OKs changes to the math objectives

All members of the school board except for Ines Segert voted to approve the new math curriculum documents. The board also heard a report from the firm aiding in its search for a new superintendent.

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