battle high school

In the coming weeks, KBIA will be reporting on what effect the addition of Battle High School and the restructuring of middle schools have had on Columbia Public Schools overall. 

 

Gentry Middle School has more students than any other middle school in the Columbia Public School District.  You can see the exact enrollment numbers below: 

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We're halfway into the first year  of Columbia School District’s re-alignment, the most noticeable change being the addition of Battle High School. KBIA is looking at the process of re-alignment, its effects, and what the district is planning for the future.

Kansas City based firm RSP & Associates is crunching numbers for the current round of  Columbia Public Schools (CPS)  district re-alignment. The same firm was also hired to do data analysis for the district re-alignments leading up to the opening of Battle High School.

The firm collected data on the district including enrollment and the number of students on free and reduced lunch. The data was used to create different scenarios of boundary re-alignment which were then sent to the  secondary enrollment planning committee for consideration.   

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The Columbia Board of Education visited three schools Thursday, two physically and a third virtually, to see how new technology is being used throughout the district.

       At Midway Heights Elementary it's the first year where there are classrooms have provided one mini iPad for each student.  Midway is part of an elementary school iPad pilot program along with Shepard, Grant, and Russell Elementary. 

CPS breaks ground for new elementary school

Nov 1, 2013
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Columbia Public Schools broke ground Wednesday for a new elementary school near Battle High School.

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A food truck will soon be part of the lunch time choices for students at Columbia high schools.

The district says the truck will bring more food options and help with overcrowded lunch rooms at its high schools. The district ordered the truck on Monday.

Laina Fullum is the nutrition services director for the district. She says the pork and chicken offered on the truck will meet U.S. Department of Agriculture standards for school lunches and will be available for the free or reduced-lunch program.

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When anyone asked Eliot Battle how he was doing, he would always answer, "Super."

Battle, a longtime Columbia educator, died Tuesday (June 11) from injuries sustained after a car crass Friday. He was 88. 

Battle had a key role in the desegregation of Columbia's public schools. And the new high school in town, Muriel Williams Battle High School, was named in honor of his wife, who died in 2003.

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A little more than a week after celebrating with his family and community the opening of Columbia's Battle High, long-time Columbia educator Eliot Battle, has died. Columbia Public Schools spokesperson Michelle Baumstark says Battle died last night, Tuesday, June 11th, from injuries sustained after a car crash Friday. Battle had been hospitalized following the accident.

Battle High School opens for first day of summer school

Jun 3, 2013
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At 7:45 a.m. Monday, Battle High, Columbia’s newest public school, opened its doors for the first day of summer school. Principal Kim Presko says despite minor issues with the school bell system, students and faculty were enthusiastic about the first day.

“Just the atmosphere is just very exciting and relaxing at the same time,” Presko says. “We just have such a beautiful faculty here and the kids just seem to feel at home. I had the opportunity to walk through most of the classes this morning. Kids are learning, teachers are teaching, it’s what we’ve been planning for.”

Battle High School opens to students

Jun 3, 2013
Joyu Wang / KBIA

Columbia’s new Battle High is open and welcoming students today. Hundreds of teachers, students, and guests attended Sunday's dedication ceremony for the school. Battle High is Columbia’s third comprehensive high school, and it is dedicated to Muriel Williams Battle, a long-time educator who served the local community for more than 40 years.

Members of the Battle family spoke at the dedication. Muriel Williams’ husband, Eliot Battle, said he is impressed with the building, and is proud of having the name of Battle on this school.

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Columbia’s Ridgeway Elementary and Battle High schools have jointly applied to a national voting competition for a grant to help fund ongoing educational programs. The Clorox Power a Bright Future grant program is granting a 50-thousand-dollar grand-prize to the school that receives the most votes on its website.

Catching up with the future principal of Battle HS

Mar 12, 2012
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Battle High School won’t open its doors until August 2013, but the school’s future principal is already busy making plans. KBIA’s Camille Phillips recently caught up with Dr. Kim Presko at Oakland Junior High, where she has been principal for the past twelve years.

Columbia Public Schools announced new leadership team members for Columbia’s Battle High School Monday. Jacob Sirna was named Assistant Principal of the new high school which is scheduled to open in Fall of 2013.

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Columbia’s Secondary Enrollment Planning Committee recently completed a series of eight public forums where Columbia residents could gather and share opinions about the redistricting of Columbia Public Schools.