Battle High School opted for a parent-teacher-student organization to make sure all the funds go to benefiting the school.
Eliot Battle and his wife, Muriel, for whom the new high school is named, worked to help ease the tensions from school desegregation.
A look at events of Columbia Public School District.
Freshmen, sophomore and junior classes will occupy the building in August.
The opening of Battle High School means a change in the boundaries at the high school level and a change in the structure of middle and junior high schools.
A downloadable PDF of the Missourian's special section on the opening of Battle High School. The school officially opens June 3 for summer school.
New roads in the area around the high school are planned to help relieve the congestion, and homeowners there may see a silver lining in the coming years with increased property values.
The Missourian profiled how Columbia has developed in recent years, what issues the city has faced and how growth has affected members of the community.
In the past 10 years, land developer Fred Overton has watched housing sales boom and bust. As the market recovers from the recent recession, he's regaining ground while clawing his way through the obstacles to a full recovery.
Late last year, the Boone County Regional Sewer District used eminent domain to acquire just under 20 acres of land from cattle farmer Jim Shaw. It will be used for a water treatment plant.
Beth Newton incorporates iPads, laptops, a SMART Board, electronic probes and cameras into classroom to help transform the way her students learn.
Ernie's Cafe & Steak House has kept its same, consistent diner theme since it opened in 1934 and is still enjoyed by regulars, generations of downtown customers and newcomers alike.
Tony Grove's appreciation for downtown Columbia inspires him to work toward diversifying apartments to attract folks of different ages and backgrounds.
An assistant professor in the MU Department of Educational, School and Counseling Psychology, Kenneth Wang cultivates a global perspective in his classes, introducing Americans to cultural experiences or easing the transition for international students.
Jason Rytlewski is an electrophysiologist and cardiologist at Missouri Heart Center who performs procedures at Boone Hospital Center. He brought advanced heart mapping technology and specialized training to treat heart conditions the hospital could not handle before his arrival.
The construction of new housing and parking complexes pepper downtown Columbia, but this new growth comes at a cost to the city's aging infrastructure.
Columbia's east and southwestern neighborhoods, especially ones with existing infrastructure, are expected to expand greatly in the next 20 years.
About 50 housing developments have been built in Columbia since 2002.
Columbia and Boone County experienced steady growth until the economic recession in 2008.
Interstate 70 is in disrepair and needs to be updated – it was built in the '50s and '60s and only expected to last into the 1980s – but there's no agreement on how to fund the renovation.