K-12 Education

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.

Parkade fourth-grader prepares for regional spelling bee

Dylan Valleroy will represent Parkade Elementary School at the Columbia Tribune Regional Spelling Bee on Thursday. Out of 57 competitors, the winner will earn a trip to Washington, D.C., for the National Spelling Bee in May.

Missouri debates new ways to fund schools with gambling money

A gambling initiative passed in November was supposed to annually support the state's K-12 schools, but as of now more than 100 schools would receive no additional funding next year. Sen. Rob Nayer would like to see the funds distributed through the state's normal formula and also based on each district's number of gifted students.

Rock Bridge to host pep assembly in recognition of semifinal qualification

Rock Bridge High School is having a pep assembly on Thursday to recognize the boys basketball team, which qualified for the state semifinals. The pep assembly will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in Rock Bridge's gym.

Columbia School Board approves $4.4 million budget cut

The reduction would eliminate math and literacy coaches in the district. The board also approved final changes to the superintendent's contract.

Columbia School Board to discuss budget cut details

The proposed reductions, totaling $4.4 million, will go before the board Monday. A board member says 71 positions would be eliminated, but most through attrition, not cutting jobs of current employees.

Three upcoming forums spotlight school board candidates

The race for the Columbia School Board is heating up as candidates participate in three public forums this month. The first is Monday.

CPS board discusses contract for new superintendent

The Columbia Public Schools Board of Education met Wednesday to discuss the contract of its new superintendent, Chris Belcher. The final version of the contract will be approved by the board in a meeting Monday.

Lutheran School to add grade in fall 2009

Four students will become Good Shepherd Lutheran School's first eighth-grade class next fall.

Four mid-Missouri counselors honored for guiding children personally, academically

Four professional school counselors and a principal in Columbia and Fulton won awards for counseling in the mid-Missouri region and are now eligible for state honors.

New superintendent finds hope, success in community relationships

A trip to Kearney to visit Columbia's incoming schools superintendent, Chris Belcher, presents a man committed to his community and the students in it.

City donates 35 computers to families in need

The Voluntary Action Center, Downtown Optimist Club and the city of Columbia gave away 35 computers to families in need through the "Homes for Computers" progam on Saturday.