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Weather
2:26 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Columbia, Jefferson City schools closed Wednesday

Columbia Public Schools will not be in session Wednesday.  It will be the district’s third consecutive day with a snow cancelation. In an email, Jefferson City Public Schools also announced that classes were canceled.

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Weather
5:24 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Winter storm: Some school closings for Thursday, road crews move to residential routes [UPDATES]

MU campus
Kristofor Husted KBIA

UPDATE 5:00pm Thursday: Columbia Public Schools will be closed again on Friday due to weather and road conditions. Jefferson City Public Schools will be in session Friday, although busses will run on snow routes in Callaway County in the morning and afternoon.

UPDATE 5:00 p.m. Wednesday: University of Missouri officials announced that the Columbia campus will be open Thursday for all regularly scheduled operations.

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Education
2:52 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Superintendent Belcher to retire from CPS in June, take job at MU

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Columbia Public Schools Superintendent Chris Belcher announced his retirement plans in a letter to the Board of Education.

Belcher will retire effective June 30, 2014 and will take a job as a faculty member in the University of Missouri College of Education. Belcher says that role will allow him “to stay connected with CPS through leadership development.”

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Education
1:15 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

CPS Superintendent Belcher considering retirement, has interviewed at MU

Columbia Superintendent Chris Belcher has applied for a teaching position at MU's College of Education.
Credit Kristofor Husted / KBIA

Now that Columbia Public Schools Superintendent Chris Belcher is eligible for retirement, he is weighing his options for next year. That’s according to an email Belcher sent out last week to Columbia Public Schools staff.  One of his options could be a teaching position with the MU College of Education.

District spokersperson Michelle Baumstark says Belcher sent the email to remain transparent about his situation with staff.

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Education
4:36 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Columbia school board: Sessions and Cone file, Rose declines run

Columbia School Board meeting (file photo)
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Tuesday was the first day candidates could file to run for the school board, and School board member Tom Rose has announced he will not run for reelection.

After seven years on the school board, Rose's term will expire in April. Rose plans to focus on his private veterinary practice, but he said he will still be involved with education.

“I'll still stay involved in the school, especially involved in early childhood education and those types of things but I also see that there are, can certainly give an opportunity for other people that had expressed interest in serving on the board as well," Rose said.

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Politics
8:44 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Columbia to pay consultants $150,000 for zoning codes update

Columbia City Hall
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The Columbia City Council has appropriated $150,000 to pay a consulting company to update the city’s development codes.

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Science, Health and Technology
11:10 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Columbia public schools use new technology in classrooms

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Grants for laptops and iPads in recent years have put more technology in the hands of Columbia Public Schools students .

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Education
8:27 am
Thu December 12, 2013

CPS redistricts Mill Creek Elementary area

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On Monday, Columbia Public Schools decided to redistrict the area around Mill Creek Elementary School, which means next year, about 100 students will be switching to either Grant, Paxton Keeley or Russell Boulevard Elementary Schools.

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Education
8:42 am
Thu December 5, 2013

CPS officials discuss truancy with community violence task force

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Columbia Public Schools is working to improve class attendance rates.

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Education
7:45 am
Fri November 1, 2013

CPS breaks ground for new elementary school

Leaders of Columbia Public Schools hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony before breaking ground for a new elementary school near Battle High School in Columbia, Mo., on Oct. 30, 2013.
Credit Colin Hope / KBIA

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

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Education
3:31 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Columbia Public Schools purchases property for new school

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Columbia Public Schools reached a deal to purchase property for new elementary school.

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Education
8:33 am
Mon October 21, 2013

CPS has yet to announce new elementary school location

Columbia Public School Board
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Columbia Public Schools has yet to announce the location of a new elementary school in the southwestern part of Columbia.

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Education
4:24 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Columbia Public Schools renews bus contract

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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.

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Education
5:54 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Mid-Missouri schools receive $95,000 to fund innovative programs

Credit Lee Jian Chung / KBIA

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.

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Education
3:43 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Columbia Public Schools to seek $50 million bond issue

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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.

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