K-12 Education

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.

Rock Bridge teacher brings AIDS education to forefront of class

A contemporary issues teacher at Rock Bridge High School pushes his students to help resolve problems in the United States and around the world.

Smithton students to perform "We Are the Dream" on Saturday

Smithton Middle School students will take the stage  Saturday as they perform "We Are the Dream." The performance will combine acting, music and photographs.

Students provoke discussion with AIDS projects

Rock Bridge High School students use projects as a starting point for a community conversation about AIDS.

High school students 'Rock Da Mic'

Students from Hickman, Rock Bridge and Douglass high schools spent their Friday night on stage singing, rapping, dancing and reading poetry.

New Columbia schools superintendent drawn by challenges

Chris Belcher came to Columbia on Friday to be introduced as Columbia's new superintendent of public schools. He said he plans to make Columbia his final work destination.

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.

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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.