columbia public schools http://kbia.org en SUV driver dead, three children rushed to hospital in Columbia school bus accident http://kbia.org/post/suv-driver-dead-three-children-rushed-hospital-columbia-school-bus-accident <p>Twenty-two children and a bus driver are being evaluated by Columbia healthcare personnel after an SUV collided with a Two Mile Prairie school bus. The driver of the SUV identified as Lawrence W. Ferguson of Auxvasse was pronounced dead at the scene.</p><p>The accident occurred on the students' way home from summer school Thursday, between Judy School Road and Mexican Gravel Road.</p><p>"We're working now on getting the students evaluated by healthcare personnel and getting them reunited with their families," Columbia Public Schools' Community Relations Director Michelle Baumstark said.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 23:56:04 +0000 Louie Kaczmarek 54479 at http://kbia.org Carter Ward announces retirement from Missouri School Boards’ Association http://kbia.org/post/carter-ward-announces-retirement-missouri-school-boards-association <p></p><p>Dr. Carter D. Ward announced his retirement as Executive Director of the Missouri School Boards’ Association (MSBA) after working with the organization for more than 40 years.</p><p>At 68 years old, Ward said his decision was based primarily on age. He doesn’t have immediate plans to reengage in the work force but plans to spend time with his family.</p><p>“It’s always been very meaningful, engaging work and it’s been real fortunate for me to have had the opportunity to be engaged in this work for a career,” he said.</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 20:28:26 +0000 Ashley Reese 54395 at http://kbia.org Carter Ward announces retirement from Missouri School Boards’ Association Dual immersion language program could be coming to Columbia http://kbia.org/post/dual-immersion-language-program-could-be-coming-columbia <p>Columbia educators are considering plans for a dual-immersion language program.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 20:45:28 +0000 Lauren Slome 54329 at http://kbia.org Dual immersion language program could be coming to Columbia Annual state school bus inspection shows room for improvement http://kbia.org/post/annual-state-school-bus-inspection-shows-room-improvement <p></p><p>The Missouri State Highway Patrol's annual inspection report showed that the state’s school bus safety approval rating is at a four year low.</p><p></p><p>Since 2011, a yearly average of around 12% of buses statewide failed to pass initial inspections.&nbsp; This year, the number has increased to 15%. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 13:14:27 +0000 Conner Handel 54153 at http://kbia.org Annual state school bus inspection shows room for improvement Ben Tilley named new CPS assistant superintendent http://kbia.org/post/ben-tilley-named-new-cps-assistant-superintendent <p>The Columbia Board of Education named Ben Tilley&nbsp;as the new assistant superintendent for Columbia Public Schools beginning July 1.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 13:03:38 +0000 Kimaya Davis 52057 at http://kbia.org Ben Tilley named new CPS assistant superintendent CPS partners with Mo. DNR for new nature school http://kbia.org/post/cps-partners-mo-dnr-new-nature-school <p>A unique partnership between Columbia Public Schools and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources has sparked plans for a new school rooted in nature and science education. One-third of the $1.2 million project will be funded by the Department of Natural Resources.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:02:16 +0000 Marissanne Lewis-Thompson 51742 at http://kbia.org CPS partners with Mo. DNR for new nature school Lottery students attend Benton Elementary for STEM education http://kbia.org/post/lottery-students-attend-benton-elementary-stem-education <p>Students at Benton Elementary School file into the computer lab, ready to start on today’s geography project. But instead of rolling out maps, these first graders are opening Google Earth on their computers.</p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 13:32:42 +0000 Hope Kirwan 50940 at http://kbia.org Columbia schools deputy superintendent announces retirement http://kbia.org/post/columbia-schools-deputy-superintendent-announces-retirement <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Columbia Public Schools deputy superintendent Nick </span>Boren<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> announced Friday that he will be retiring from his current position. As deputy superintendent, </span>Boren<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> worked on long-term facility planning and creating a five-year financial plan. Assistant Superintendent Peter </span>Stiepleman<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> said </span>Boren<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> was instrumental in planning for district growth.</span></p><p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 22:29:05 +0000 Maria Davison 50028 at http://kbia.org Columbia schools deputy superintendent announces retirement CPS investigates First Student bus driver after arrest http://kbia.org/post/cps-investigates-first-student-bus-driver-after-arrest <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Columbia Public Schools were notified Friday, March 14 and began investigating an incident where a bus driver hit a Shepard Boulevard Elementary School student inside the bus.</p><p>As soon as Shepard Boulevard Elementary School heard about the incident, the principal began reviewing surveillance tapes capturing the incident inside the bus. Columbia Public Schools spokesperson, Michelle Baumstark, says, it was at this point that the principal felt it was necessary to notify Columbia police.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 22:46:27 +0000 Heather Adams 49838 at http://kbia.org CPS investigates First Student bus driver after arrest Incoming superintendent plans to meet with predecessor http://kbia.org/post/incoming-superintendent-plans-meet-predecessor <p></p><p>The Columbia Board of Education announced Friday that Peter Stiepleman will be the district’s new superintendent.</p><p>The Columbia Board of Education met for about four and a half hours Thursday night deciding between the two candidates. Christine King is the school board president. She says that because Stiepleman is already familiar with the schools and community he is well educated on what problems the district needs to fix. King says as an internal candidate they knew Stiepleman would communicate well with the school board.</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 22:00:23 +0000 Heather Adams 49644 at http://kbia.org Incoming superintendent plans to meet with predecessor Dr. Peter Stiepleman will be next superintendent of Columbia Public Schools http://kbia.org/post/dr-peter-stiepleman-will-be-next-superintendent-columbia-public-schools <p>The Columbia Board of Education announced Friday that Dr. Peter Stiepleman will become superintendent of Columbia Public Schools effective July 1, 2014. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 16:51:16 +0000 Ryan Famuliner & Hope Kirwan 49618 at http://kbia.org Dr. Peter Stiepleman will be next superintendent of Columbia Public Schools Columbia residents weigh in on CPS superintendent finalists http://kbia.org/post/columbia-residents-weigh-cps-superintendent-finalists <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The search for a new superintendent for Columbia Public Schools is almost over.</span></p><p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 14:12:29 +0000 Mark Bergin 49480 at http://kbia.org Columbia residents weigh in on CPS superintendent finalists Live Blog: Columbia Schools Superintendent Meet & Greet http://kbia.org/post/live-blog-columbia-schools-superintendent-meet-greet <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Follow this blog for live, continuing coverage of the "Meet and Greet" event for the two finalists for the Columbia Board of Education's superintendent position.</span></p><p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 20:57:43 +0000 Mark Bergin 49424 at http://kbia.org Live Blog: Columbia Schools Superintendent Meet & Greet Exam: JCPS uses student-led conferences, CPS superintendent finalists discuss at-risk students http://kbia.org/post/exam-jcps-uses-student-led-conferences-cps-superintendent-finalists-discuss-risk-students <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">First, </span>KBIA's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Hope </span>Kirwan<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> takes us to a classroom in Jefferson City for a new kind of parent-teacher conference—these are led by the students. The classic parent-teacher conference is a good way to evaluate a student’s progress, but </span>4th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> graders at Jefferson City’s South Elementary get to take the lead and tell their parents what they've learned.</span></p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 13:24:28 +0000 Katarina Sostaric 49386 at http://kbia.org Exam: JCPS uses student-led conferences, CPS superintendent finalists discuss at-risk students CPS superintendent candidates would focus on at-risk students http://kbia.org/post/cps-superintendent-candidates-would-focus-risk-students <p>The search for a new Columbia Public Schools superintendent was narrowed down to two finalists last week. CPS superintendent candidates Dr. Dred Scott and Dr. Peter Stiepleman will be introduced to the community and will answer questions Tuesday at a public "meet and greet." Mon, 10 Mar 2014 21:29:10 +0000 Jack Howard 49354 at http://kbia.org CPS superintendent candidates would focus on at-risk students Columbia school board candidates discuss goals at open forum http://kbia.org/post/columbia-school-board-candidates-discuss-goals-open-forum <p>Columbia school board candidates Joseph Toepke, Jonathan Sessions, Paul Cushing and Helen Wade participated Friday in a forum hosted by Muleskinners.</p><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 13:54:23 +0000 Lauren Dunn 49318 at http://kbia.org Columbia school board candidates discuss goals at open forum CPS announces names of two candidates for superintendent http://kbia.org/post/cps-announces-names-two-candidates-superintendent <p></p><p>Columbia Board of Education President Christine King announced in a letter to district staff Tuesday the board has narrowed its search for candidates for superintendent to two people.</p><p>One is an internal candidate: Dr. Peter Stiepleman. Stiepleman is currently the assistant superintendent for elementary education for Columbia Public Schools. The other candidate is Dr. Dred Scott, deputy superintendent for the Independence School District. Wed, 05 Mar 2014 18:29:19 +0000 Ryan Famuliner 49114 at http://kbia.org CPS announces names of two candidates for superintendent Columbia Public Schools selects four candidates for superintendent position http://kbia.org/post/columbia-public-schools-selects-four-candidates-superintendent-position <p><span style="color: #333333">Columbia Public Schools announced in an e-mail to staff Friday it decided on four final candidates to interview for the position of superintendent of schools. The Board of Education has not released the names of the candidates but will be interviewing them over several days to come.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 23:01:39 +0000 Colin Hope 48922 at http://kbia.org Columbia Public Schools selects four candidates for superintendent position CPS superintendent search proceeds with 19 applicants http://kbia.org/post/cps-superintendent-search-proceeds-19-applicants <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Columbia Public Schools Board of Education, with help from the Missouri School Board Association, is continuing its search for a new superintendent of Columbia schools. The current superintendent, Chris Belcher, announced in January that he was planning to retire in June.</span></p><p>The Board began its search shortly after Belcher’s announcement and just closed the job posting February 14. Board President Christine King said there is a total 19 candidates.</p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 22:58:46 +0000 Mark Collins 48475 at http://kbia.org CPS superintendent search proceeds with 19 applicants Be careful out there: Snow last week coincided with spike in vehicle accidents, stalls http://kbia.org/post/be-careful-out-there-snow-last-week-coincided-spike-vehicle-accidents-stalls <p>Most everyone knows driving in the snow can be dangerous, and numbers from last week seem to confirm it.</p><p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 17:26:32 +0000 Andrew Gibson 47930 at http://kbia.org Be careful out there: Snow last week coincided with spike in vehicle accidents, stalls New Columbia elementary school will be named after Eliot Battle http://kbia.org/post/new-columbia-elementary-school-will-be-named-after-eliot-battle <p>The Columbia school board revealed a name for one of the two new Columbia elementary schools after months of planning and consideration.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 15:05:30 +0000 Melody Myers 47978 at http://kbia.org Columbia, Jefferson City schools closed Wednesday http://kbia.org/post/columbia-jefferson-city-schools-closed-wednesday <div>Columbia Public Schools will not be in session Wednesday. &nbsp;It will be the district’s third consecutive day with a snow cancelation. In an email, Jefferson City Public Schools also announced that classes were canceled.</div><p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 20:26:09 +0000 Margaux Henquinet 47639 at http://kbia.org Winter storm: Some school closings for Thursday, road crews move to residential routes [UPDATES] http://kbia.org/post/winter-storm-some-school-closings-thursday-road-crews-move-residential-routes-updates <p><em>UPDATE 5:00pm Thursday:</em> Columbia Public Schools will be closed again on Friday due to weather and road conditions. Jefferson City Public Schools will be in session Friday, although busses will run on snow routes in Callaway County in the morning and afternoon.</p><p><em>UPDATE 5:00 p.m. Wednesday</em>:&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">University of Missouri officials <a href="http://mualert.missouri.edu/">announced</a> that&nbsp;the Columbia campus will be open Thursday for all regularly scheduled operations.</span></p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 23:24:12 +0000 Kate Grumke & Margaux Henquinet & KBIA Staff 47599 at http://kbia.org Winter storm: Some school closings for Thursday, road crews move to residential routes [UPDATES] Superintendent Belcher to retire from CPS in June, take job at MU http://kbia.org/post/superintendent-belcher-retire-cps-june-take-job-mu <p>Columbia Public Schools Superintendent Chris Belcher announced his retirement plans in a letter to the Board of Education.</p><p>Belcher will retire effective June 30, 2014 and will take a job as a faculty member in the University of Missouri College of Education. Belcher says that role will allow him “to stay connected with CPS through leadership development.” Wed, 08 Jan 2014 20:52:40 +0000 Ryan Famuliner & Rehman Tungekar 46375 at http://kbia.org Superintendent Belcher to retire from CPS in June, take job at MU CPS Superintendent Belcher considering retirement, has interviewed at MU http://kbia.org/post/cps-superintendent-belcher-considering-retirement-has-interviewed-mu <p></p><p>Now that Columbia Public Schools Superintendent Chris Belcher is eligible for retirement, he is weighing his options for next year. That’s according to an email Belcher sent out last week to Columbia Public Schools staff. &nbsp;One of his options could be a teaching position with the MU College of Education.</p><p>District spokersperson Michelle Baumstark says Belcher sent the email to remain transparent about his situation with staff.</p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 19:15:04 +0000 Kristofor Husted 45486 at http://kbia.org CPS Superintendent Belcher considering retirement, has interviewed at MU Columbia school board: Sessions and Cone file, Rose declines run http://kbia.org/post/columbia-school-board-sessions-and-cone-file-rose-declines-run <p></p><p>Tuesday was the first day candidates could file to run for the school board, and School board member Tom Rose has announced he will not run for reelection.</p><p>After seven years on the school board, Rose's term will expire in April. Rose plans to focus on his private veterinary practice, but he said he will still be involved with education.</p><p>“I'll still stay involved in the school, especially involved in early childhood education and those types of things but I also see that there are, can certainly give an opportunity for other people that had expressed interest in serving on the board as well," Rose said. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 22:36:46 +0000 Kate Grumke 45440 at http://kbia.org Columbia school board: Sessions and Cone file, Rose declines run Columbia to pay consultants $150,000 for zoning codes update http://kbia.org/post/columbia-pay-consultants-150000-zoning-codes-update <p>The Columbia City Council has appropriated $150,000 to pay a consulting company to update the city’s development codes.</p><p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 14:44:58 +0000 Kate Grumke 45398 at http://kbia.org Columbia to pay consultants $150,000 for zoning codes update Columbia public schools use new technology in classrooms http://kbia.org/post/columbia-public-schools-use-new-technology-classrooms <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Grants for laptops and </span>iPads<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in recent years have put more technology in the hands of Columbia Public Schools students .</span></p><p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 17:10:16 +0000 George Varney 45233 at http://kbia.org Columbia public schools use new technology in classrooms CPS redistricts Mill Creek Elementary area http://kbia.org/post/cps-redistricts-mill-creek-elementary-area <p>On Monday, Columbia Public Schools decided to redistrict the area around Mill Creek Elementary School, which means next year, about 100 students will be switching to either Grant, Paxton Keeley or Russell Boulevard Elementary Schools.</p><p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 14:27:09 +0000 Kate Grumke 45170 at http://kbia.org CPS redistricts Mill Creek Elementary area CPS officials discuss truancy with community violence task force http://kbia.org/post/cps-officials-discuss-truancy-community-violence-task-force <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Columbia Public Schools is working to improve class attendance rates.</span></p><p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 14:42:47 +0000 Brittany Rendak 44807 at http://kbia.org CPS officials discuss truancy with community violence task force