K-12 Education

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.

Phillips: 'Lawyer mentality' a plus

Board candidate Sam Phillips wants to see more interaction and conversation between the Columbia School Board and the district's teachers.

Holt: Experience comes firsthand

With four children, a wife who is a teacher and his background in education policy, Dan Holt thinks he has valuable insight into the issues before the Columbia Public Schools.

King: Communication is the basis for everything

In her bid for the Columbia School Board, Christine King doesn't have an agenda, but she definitely has a message: Communicate.

Flippin: Columbia Public School District is strong; let's keep it that way

Greg Flippin said he wants to be on the Columbia School Board because he wants to be a part of keeping the district in great shape and because he thinks the district's problems are fixable.

Jeannine Craig points to experience, objectivity as assets in Columbia School Board election

As Jeannine Craig followed the challenges before the Columbia School Board, she thought back to her years as a former school board president in northern Illinois. Now, she's ready to serve on another school board.

Who are the candidates for Columbia School Board?

Nine candidates are competing for two seats on the seven-member Columbia School Board being vacated by current board president Michelle Gadbois and vice president Steve Calloway. The election is April 7.


Columbia elementary schools' new math texts chosen

The new mathematics textbooks, called enVisionMATH, will provide traditional, procedural focus as well as conceptual understanding.

Bloomfield School District calls off classes amid flu outbreak

Attendance was at 85 percent on Friday, significantly lower than average. School is expected to reopen Monday.

Columbia School Board considers grants to help ease economic downturn

At Thursday's Columbia School Board meeting, the district's chief academic officer and a group of teachers and administrators from Smithton Middle School proposed the district apply for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Grant. The grant awards $200,000 to improve technology.

Economic downturn diversifies substitute teaching pool

Many more people are applying to substitute teach in Columbia Public Schools, and the director of classified personnel thinks the economic downturn is driving that increase.

School Board candidate forum focuses on teacher compensation

The Columbia School District candidate forum brings up budget issues and salary schedules.

School board candidates file fundraising numbers with county clerk

Four of the nine candidates running for two open board seats have raised a total of almost $10,000.

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.