The Columbia School Board is renewing its yearly contract with First Student. The transportation system for elementary and high school students is constantly changing to make the out-of-school environment as pleasant as possible.
First Student Manager Craig Caldwell said the recent change from a two tier system to a three tier system is expected to prevent tension on the buses.
Assistance League Mid-Missouri has awarded more than $95,000 in funding for programs proposed by teachers. The programs -- designed by teachers -- emphasize new approaches to learning that could enrich the current curriculum.
Assistance League Mid-Missouri leads the Links to Learning awards as part of their community-based philanthropic efforts. Columbia Public Schools spokesperson Michelle Baumstark said the awards support activities teachers wouldn’t be able to do otherwise.
Leaders of the Columbia public school district plan to seek another $50 million bond issue in April, followed by new $40 million bond proposals every two years until 2020.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the $50 million bond issue on the April ballot will require a 4-cent tax increase. The subsequent $40 million bonds in 2016, 2018 and 2020 would require no tax increase.
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.
As the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education releases the latest round of MAP scores, Columbia Public Schools Superintendent Chris Belcher says, frankly, he isn’t worrying all that much about the scores this year. But he says they do still highlight one serious, known problem.
Superintendent Belcher says the MAP scores this year should be taken with a grain of salt, because the state is going through a transition period. The MAP tests will be replaced as part of the state’s planned implementation of common core standards in 2014-15. Belcher says Columbia teachers are already thinking beyond the MAP test, and have targeted their curriculum at preparing students for the new assessments, instead.