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Two Columbia Schools Get New Principals

Apr 26, 2017
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Two top administrative vacancies at Columbia Public Schools are now filled for this fall. CPS announced Hickman High School Assistant Principal Tony Gragnani will move up to principal of that school, while Battle High School Assistant Principal Melita Walker will be the new principal at West Middle School.

Gragnani has served as an assistant principal at Hickman since 2014. He says the relationships he’s built during his time there will be important when taking on his new job.

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A group of teachers from Mid-Missouri gathered Monday outside Sen. Roy Blunt’s office in downtown Columbia to protest Betsy DeVos’ nomination for secretary of education.

Blunt said in a statement last week that he looks forward to working with DeVos, but the Senate has not yet cast a full vote. The Senate is still deliberating over DeVos’ nomination, but is expected to make a decision around noon today.

Teachers traveled from as far as Kansas City to urge Blunt to vote no on DeVos.


TRIM Grant Brings More Trees to Missouri

Oct 12, 2016
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The Missouri Department of Conservation recently awarded more than $380,000 to communities across the state from the Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance, or TRIM, grant program. Jefferson City and Columbia were both awarded funding.

Jefferson City received more than $22,000. The money will go toward creating an inventory of trees to determine which are safe and which are in danger of collapsing.

Today Paul Pepper visits with MELANIE KNOCKE from Columbia Public Schools' Planetarium about her trip this November aboard NASA's experimental aircraft called 'SOFIA'. Melanie also fills us in on more upcoming programs for children at the planetarium, including a new show called "Our Living Climate." Watch for details! August 30, 2016

Columbia has a new mayor and city council incumbents swept the night in mid-Missouri as the state took to the polls for municipal elections. 


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Columbia residents approved the Columbia Public School Board’s 30 million dollar bond proposal and tax levy increase in last night’s municipal election.

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On April 5, Columbia voters will have their say on two measures that would impact Columbia Public School District’s finances.

During the upcoming municipal election, Columbia residents will decide whether to pass an operational tax levy increase and a $30 million dollar bond proposal for the Columbia Public School District. 

Columbia Public Schools spokesperson Michelle Baumstark said the levy increase and bond proposal are two very different things.

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A new achievement report was the topic of much discussion at Monday night’s Columbia Public Schools board meeting.

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The Columbia Board of Education voted unanimously last night to place two proposals on the April ballot for voters. 

Douglass High School to be Renovated

Dec 8, 2015
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Columbia’s Douglass High School is set to undergo major renovations beginning next summer.

Shepard Boulevard Elementary gets Makeover

Nov 20, 2015
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On Thursday night Columbia Public Schools hosted a dedication that coincided with a series of expansions to the Columbia Public School District.

Columbia Public Schools' iPads Held as Evidence

Nov 19, 2015
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 Authorities said 30 iPads owned by Columbia Public Schools were being held as evidence by law enforcement in various investigations.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reported that 10 iPads were in the possession of the Boone County Sheriff's Department and 20 were with Columbia police.

Boone County Sheriff's Department Detective Tracy Perkins said a majority of the devices were used to share sexually graphic conversations or videos. Perkins said one investigation involved a school district employee, and the rest involve students, either as a victim or suspect.

Today Paul Pepper visits with MELANIE KNOCKE, Columbia Public Schools' Planetarium, and ERIC SANDOVAL, Chair of the Missouri Seismic Safety Commission, about the Columbia STEM Expo happening tomorrow at Rock Bridge High School. Don't miss an afternoon of activities that's free for all ages! November 13, 2015

Columbia Public Schools Block Twitter Use

Oct 22, 2015

As of Monday, Columbia Public Schools students were no longer able to access Twitter at school through the district Wi-Fi.

“It came to our attention that there were a couple of things coming through on Twitter that we didn’t want coming through,” CPS spokesperson Michelle Baumstark said. “So we have temporarily included Twitter in our filter so that it cannot be accessed.”

Teachers commonly use Twitter as a part of their curriculum, which is why the site wasn’t blocked like Facebook, Instagram and other social media sites.

Baumstark says the instructional technology staff is speaking with teachers about what they need when it comes to Twitter. She says the district plans on adjusting the filter to suit those needs.

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  Monday night, the Columbia Public Schools’ Board of Education approved an evaluation of whether or not the district could manage marketing for sports teams internally.

Currently, the district is in a five-year contract with Kelly Sports Properties, a marketing company based in Columbia. The contract is set to expire on June 30, 2016.

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Columbia Public Schools have abandoned the idea of offering an "alternate meal" of a cheese sandwich and apple for students who owe more than $15 to the district.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports district nutrition services director Laina Fullum sent parents and guardians an email in early August explaining the proposal that was to go into effect Aug. 25.

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The Columbia Public School Board approved a major change to its nondiscrimination policy within its schools. 

Today Paul Pepper and MELANIE KNOCKE talk about what you can expect at the Columbia Public Schools' Planetarium's 'Second Saturday Series,' happening tomorrow at Rock Bridge High School. It all starts with a live show for 3-7 year-olds at 2:00. September 11, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with MELANIE KNOCKE, Director of Columbia Public Schools' Planetarium, about "To the Planets!," the theme for tomorrow's family-friendly public shows. Melanie also tells us about NASA's 'SOFIA,' which is basically a telescope on a 747! Yeah. June 12, 2015

Plan for New Cedar Ridge Elementary Moves Forward

Jun 10, 2015

The Columbia Board of Education is pushing forward a plan for a new school on the east side of town.

The board approved the 26 acre land purchase agreement for the new Cedar Ridge Elementary School at its meeting on Monday.

The Columbia public school’s board of education voted at last nights meeting to approve boundary changes for elementary schools. The approved changes come in response to the building of a new elementary school, Beulah Ralph, which is set to open at the start of the 2016 school year.

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Columbia Public Schools released a video Tuesday, March 31, 2015 detailing what Deputy Superintendent Dana Clippard calls its best and final offer in response to the teacher’s union’s request for changes to the current teacher compensation contract.

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Columbia Public Schools Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education Ben Tilley began his presentation to the Columbia Public Schools Board of Education with a little physics. Every action the board makes in drawing boundary lines, he said, with have an equal, but opposite, reaction.

Today Paul Pepper visits with Columbia Public Schools' Planetarium Director, MELANIE KNOCKE, and DR. CASEY HOLLIDAY, about this Saturday's (kid-friendly) "Dinosaurs, Caveman and Our Changing Planet" event at Rock Bridge High School. Watch for details! March 12, 2015

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Columbia Public Schools and that Columbia Missouri National Education Association have not been seeing eye to eye in recent negotiations.

The Columbia Board of Education is considering a 5.5 million dollar increase to its budget next year. Columbia Public Schools Chief Financial Officer Linda Quinley presented the spending plan at the board meeting last night. Board Member Darin Preis asked about a problem regarding the health care coverage offered to full time employees.

Missouri Capitol
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  Missouri lawmakers are considering legislation that would require public school districts to sell certain vacant buildings to charter schools that request them.

Republican Rep. David Wood of Versailles on Monday discussed the measure, which is part of an effort to revamp the state's student transfer law.

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The Columbia Public School board approved a policy last night that allows Ron White and Ken Gregory, the director and assistant director of safety and security, to carry concealed firearms while on school grounds.

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