K-12 Education

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.

Field Elementary students might move in January 2010

Construction delays have pushed back the target completion date for Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary, Columbia's new elementary school. The current plan is to move students from Field to the new school over the next winter break in time for the second semester of the 2009-10 school year.

Belcher biography highlights

A biographical sketch of the newest Columbia Public Schools superintendent, Chris Belcher.

UPDATE: New bond issue on next Columbia high school proposed

The Columbia School Board is considering a plan that would ask voters to approve a single $120 million bond issue for the next high school instead of continuing with a plan to ask for $60 million in 2011 and 2013.

Columbia School Board considers bond election for new high school

The idea is to get a $120 million bond election on the ballot for April 2010 that would pay the construction costs all at once.

Columbia School Board to name new superintendent Friday morning

Columbia Public Schools will announce who its new superintendent is Friday. Public input mattered, said Steve Calloway, the Columbia School Board's vice president.

Hickman has most National Merit finalists in state

Hickman High School is celebrating all 18 of its National Merit semifinalists; they all were named finalists, which gives Hickman the largest number of finalists in Missouri this year.

Stimulus package aims to fund change in nation's schools

The stimulus package that became law on Tuesday gives twice as much money to schools in the next two years as under the Bush administration and affords them an opportunity to improve the current school system.

Superintendent candidate Belcher shares plan for schools

More than 100 people showed up to see Chris Belcher, the second of two finalists for the position of superintendent of Columbia Public Schools. The School Board is expected to make its decision next week, School Board President Michelle Gadbois said.

Regional Catholic High School opening delayed

The Regional Catholic High School in Columbia might not open as soon as expected, but officials are moving ahead with hiring plans.

For more information and discussion of education in Columbia, go to the SchoolHouseTalk blog.

Paxton Keeley marks Lincoln's 200th birthday with Gettysburg Address

Fifth-graders at Paxton Keeley Elementary School watch one of their school volunteers transform into Abraham Lincoln and deliver the Gettysburg Address. The event marked Lincoln's 200th birthday.

Superintendent candidate Chris Belcher steps out to meet community

Kearney School District Superintendent Chris Belcher is one of two finalists selected by Columbia School Board to fill its superintendent position. Belcher's colleagues describe him as straightforward and motivated.

Columbia students pilot aerospace simulation

More than 90 students from throughout Columbia Public Schools are spending their week doing a space simulation, assuming different roles in the program. Some participants in previous years have gone on to work for NASA, according to the program facilitator.

Superintendent candidate Deming takes questions at forum

Columbia Public Schools superintendent candidate Skip Deming fielded questions at a community forum Tuesday night.

Superintendent candidate Skip Deming has worked in variety of school jobs

Skip Deming, a candidate for the open superintendent position at Columbia Public School District, was described as dedicated and experienced by his former colleagues.

Museums as alternate form of art education

In order to foster appreciation in the arts, Columbia schools are using museums as another means of education. Bringing art to children has become a priority for art teachers.

High school sophomores prepare for new End-of-Course tests

The exams will replace MAP tests and will count toward the students' grade.

Superintendent finalists discuss the search

The Columbia School Board has scheduled public meet-and-greets with the two candidates this week. Additional interviews with each candidate will follow.

Columbia School Board to recognize Hickman senior

Interim Superintendent Jim Ritter will discuss the board's 2009-2010 fiscal year budget at the meeting.