Superintendent Chris Belcher says Columbia Public Schools will be under heightened security tomorrow following rumors and chatter about a possible planned violent act at one of the district’s schools. In a letter to parents today, Belcher said the district and the Columbia Police Department have investigated the rumors and can’t find any credible evidence.
Columbia Public School district spokesperson Michelle Baumstark says three Columbia schools were experiencing sporadic power outages Thursday morning due to a winter storm in the area. Baumstark says the outages at New Haven elementary school, Parkade elementary school and West Junior High School started around 9:45am Thursday.
Following today’s fatal school shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Columbia Public Schools administrators have spent the day discussing safety strategies and offering assurance to principals, educators and parents.
Columbia Public Schools spokesperson Michelle Baumstark called today’s incident a “nightmare” – but one that schools have to prepare for: "You know we really hope that we never ever have to use the emergency plans, but it is important to have those in place."
A classroom at Columbia's Jefferson Junior High, which will be a middle school next school year. The Columbia Board of Education is considering a three-tiered system for transportation and start times at Columbia schools.
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’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.
Columbia's very public discussion about a proposed Enhanced Enterprise Zone in the city made an appearance at Monday night's School Board meeting, where residents said the policy could negatively impact education funding by reducing tax revenue to schools. The EEZ policy has been supported by some economic development groups to encourage new-business development in the city.
Five Columbia residents spoke out against the EEZ policy in the Columbia School Board's public comment session Monday night.
What if there was one political convention where all political parties were represented? Well, a group of people not even of voting age did just that in Columbia. Oakland Junior High 9th graders spent the last two months preparing for a mock political convention representing local, state, and national candidates.