K-12 Education

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.

Columbia celebrates Catholic Schools Week

The school wasted little time in putting the Catholic Schools Week's theme to work on Monday by having parents and eighth-grade student volunteers deliver meals to elderly residents in Columbia through the Meals on Wheels program.

Public meetings set with schools superintendent finalists

The public will be able to meet the finalists for the top job in Columbia Public Schools at receptions and then ask them questions.

Columbia principals consult with staffs on cuts

Columbia Public School principals have been meeting with their staffs to help decide on additional cutbacks to address a $4.4 million shortfall.

School board: Don't let likely cuts turn into a free-for-all

Board members voiced their hopes for constructive discussions among Columbia public school staffs facing likely reductions in personnel because of budget shortfalls this year.

Governing power of higher education unlikely to change

State legislative leaders and university officials agreed that the University of Missouri System Board of Curators will keep its authority.

Two more candidates file for school board

That makes nine candiates who will be running for two seats on the Columbia School Board.

School board vice president will not run in April

Steve Calloway will not run for another term this year in order to focus his time on his family.

Columbia seventh-graders tap into awareness of world water crisis

Thirteen-year-old Rayna Sims and about 100 of her classmates are working toward bringing awareness of the world water crisis to Columbia through a UNICEF fundraising effort known as the Tap Project. The idea is to get local businesses to encourage customers to donate $1 or more for otherwise free tap water.

Additional school board candidate brings count to seven

Marc Bledsoe filed his application on Wednesday to run for the school board. He said it is time to look at the facts and do what is best for the district and its students.

Principal receives architecture award for Eco Schoolhouse

Honored by the American Institute of Architects, Beverly Borduin, the principal at Grant Elementary School, shared the credit for creation of an ecologically sustainable schoolhouse.