K-12 Education

New Columbia Independent School head has big plans for school

Retired Air Force Col. Scott K. Gibson III brings experiences abroad and at previous headmaster positions to his new post as head of Columbia Independent School.

Paying for private schools in the recession

Although private schools nationwide are feeling the pinch of the economic recession, many are choosing not to raise tuition. "Increased tuition in response to an economic downturn generally leads to increased student attrition," said Scott K. Gibson III, head of school for Columbia Independent School.

Columbia School Board elects new president and vice president

Jan Mees was elected president, and Tom Rose was elected vice president of the board at Monday night's meeting.

Kindergarten registration begins for Columbia Public Schools

Starting today, parents may begin registering their children to start kindergarten in the fall. Jack Jensen, assistant superintendent of elementary education for Columbia Public Schools, gives parents the information necessary for registration.

Columbia School Board to swear in new members

The board, as it adds two members, is set to face more challenges Monday night.

Pruitt, King win seats on Columbia School Board

Now, the majority of members on the Columbia School Board have been on hand for a year or less. That means a lot of on-the-job training and a fair dose of excitement.

PHOTO GALLERY: Voters turn out for City Council, School Board elections

Columbia residents are casting their ballots for the Second Ward and Sixth Ward City Council members and school board elections Tuesday until 7 p.m.

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VOTER REACTION: Thoughts from voters at Shepard Boulevard Elementary School

What voters had to say at Shepard Boulevard Elementary about the Sixth Ward elections

VOTER REACTION: Voters at Trinity Presbyterian Church want fiscally prudent schools

The budget for the city and Columbia Public Schools were key issues for those voters who turned out Tuesday morning.

VOTER REACTION: Residents share thoughts at Rock Bridge Christian Church

Voters at Rock Bridge Christian Church had these thoughts about Tuesday's election.

VOTER REACTION: Residents discuss school board choices

A trickle of voters showed up Tuesday morning at the Columbia Public Library to choose two school board members from among nine candidates.

Former Columbia deputy superintendent hired to lead in Fulton

Jacque Cowherd, a name well known for years in Columbia Public Schools, was named the Fulton Public School District's new superintendent on Monday. Cowherd has worked in education for more than 30 years. 

Students question Columbia School Board candidates at forum

Rock Bridge Young Democrats hosted a forum for school board candidates on Tuesday.

Teens can earn money by choosing self-employment

Teens who can't find regular work might consider babysitting or errand-running, among other entrepreneurial jobs.

Tips for teens seeking to land that summer gig

Teens seeking summer jobs should practice interviewing and cast a wide net, among other things, experts say.

School board candidate profiles

NAACP hosts forum for City Council, school board candidates

The candidates fielded questions Tuesday night that centered on concerns of the First Ward.

Sorg: Passionate about parental involvement

Adam Sorg thinks his experiences making ends meet while still keeping his son a priority are strong qualifications in his bid for the Columbia School Board.

Pruitt: Committed to math, budget reform

Michelle Pruitt's commitment to Columbia Public Schools is underscored by years of committee work, much of it focused on reforming how math is taught.

Bledsoe: Give teachers flexibility

Passionate about math, Marc Bledsoe thinks teachers should have the freedom to teach in ways that work best for students.