Exam: CPS requests $50 million bond, Benton Elementary's STEM approach attracts families

Apr 7, 2014

Municipal elections are Tuesday, and there are a few education issues on the ballot. Paul Cushing, Jonathan Sessions, Joseph Toepke and Helen Wade are the four candidates running for three spots on the Columbia school board. Voters in Hallsville and Sturgeon face similar races for their school boards, and in Ashland, eight candidates are running for three vacant school board seats. The Harrisburg school district is asking for a $2 million bond issue for security and technology improvements.

And the Columbia Public School District proposed a $50 million bond issue for Tuesday's election. This bond is the third proposal in a 10-year plan to renovate and expand public school facilities. KBIA's Hope Kirwan tells us more about what the money would do for the district. 

Columbia Public Schools began accepting applications for its lottery system on April 1. Benton Elementary School is one of three schools in Columbia that accepts students from outside their attendance area. But Benton’s unique approach to science, math and technology is drawing more and more families to their program. KBIA’s Hope Kirwan visited the classroom to learn more about Benton’s interactive approach to science and technology.