K-12 Education

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.

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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.

Messy Morning provides educational activities for young children

“Messy Morning” was held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at West Junior High School. The program is intended to increase children's motor and reading skills and to help parents teach their children.

Columbia School Board interviews sixth superintendent candidate

Skip Deming, a previous co-interim chief for the Columbia Public School District, was interviewed during an executive session of the board meeting Thursday night.

Hickman students raise money to combat human trafficking

Hickman High School students are creatively raising money for the Not For Sale Campaign, which fights human trafficking worldwide.

Two superintendent candidates share ideas for district

Chris Belcher and Jacque Cowherd are the only two of the six candidates whose names have been released. The sixth candidate for the top job in the Columbia Public School District will be interviewed Thursday.

Teaching history as it happens: Columbia teachers build on current events

 With visits to the City Council and mock presidential elections, Columbia students are learning about history as it happens.

Additional superintendent candidate to be interviewed Thursday

Board members extended their interview schedule to accommodate another candidate. The final two or three candidates were to have been announced Sunday. Meet-and-greet sessions for this week have been canceled.

Columbia school bus hit by two cars

Children aboard received no major injuries in the after-school accident.

Consultants propose closing 29 St. Louis schools

Consultants hired by the St. Louis public school district recommended closing nearly a third of the district's schools and said other facilities need extensive renovations.