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Kids of Columbia Public schools can expect to ride in new busses starting next fall.

Southwest Elementary is Ready for Construction

Sep 9, 2014
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The Columbia Board of Education approved plans to build a new elementary school set to open in Fall 2016. 

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Columbia educators are considering plans for a dual-immersion language program.

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The Missouri House failed to override Governor Jay Nixon’s veto of a bill that proposed a variety of changes to the state tax codes.  Those changes included income tax cuts for both businesses and individuals.

Proponents said the bill would have improved the business climate of Missouri, while critics believed it would significantly lower the state’s general revenue fund, resulting in cuts to state agencies and education.

University of Missouri spokesperson John Fougere said the campus is supporting the veto.

Columbia school board voted to increase tax levy

Aug 22, 2013
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The Columbia Board of Education has voted to increase the city’s school tax levy.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the board approved a new total tax levy of $5.42 per $100 of assessed property valuation. That’s an increase of 2.2 cents from last year, the smallest the board has approved since 2008.

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The Columbia Board of Education has voted against a measure that would have allowed two school officials to carry guns on campus. Board members voted 4 to 3 to reject the idea at a regular board meeting last night.

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The Columbia School District's Board of Education has agreed to move forward with a three-tier transportation system for district schools. The three-tier system means that elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools will have staggered start times allowing busses to have layered pickup and dropoff times. At a regular board meeting last night, board members said the next step is getting community feedback.

The board is issuing a survey later this week asking parents, teachers, and students for feedback about the potential three-tier system.

Columbia school board considers start times

Dec 3, 2012
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The Columbia Public Schools Board of Education is considering making changes to school start times next year. This idea is currently being discussed among the school board with multiple proposals.

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The Columbia Board of Education chose Darin Preis to fill its vacant seat at a meeting on Tuesday. The position opened up when former board member Paul Cushing took a job out of state.

Preis served on the board from 2005 to 2008 and is the executive director of Central Missouri Community Action. He says he is excited and honored to serve on the school board again and plans to get to work quickly.

Newscast for October 15, 2012

Oct 15, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Eight candidates vie for vacant Columbia Board of Education spot
  • Jefferson City Council to discuss noise ordinance
  • Columbia announces agreement with American Airlines

Columbia Board of Education is looking for a new member to fill Paul Cushing’s vacated spot. Since October 10, four additional candidates have applied bringing the total to eight.

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Four candidates are contending this month for the open position in the Columbia Board of Education. The position was formerly occupied by Paul Cushing who resigned to take an out of state job.

The four applicants are freelance media producer Rex Cone, Tim Parshall, the assistant director of the Assessment Resource Center at MU, Bill Kinney, an ear, nose and throat physician, and Executive Director of Central Missouri Community Action, Darin Preis.

Current board members will select the replacement.

Columbia Board of Education to appoint new member

Oct 9, 2012
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The Columbia Board of Education will appoint a new member this month after Paul Cushing’s resignation.

Board President Tom Rose says it will not hold an election for the position – it’ll accept applicants instead.

"We'll interview the candidates on October 30 at an evening meeting that is open for anyone to attend. We essentially develop a list of questions that we have that they are able to prepare and we'll have each of them answer," says Rose.

The four current applicants are Rex Cone, Tim Parshall, Bill Kinney, and former board member Darin Preis.