columbia public schools

9:19 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Columbia Public High Schools to start later next year

Battle High School Principal Kim Presko speaks in favor of the new transportation plan to the Columbia Public School board at the Columbia Public Schools building Monday evening.
Evan Townsend KBIA News

High school students in Columbia Public Schools will begin school a bit later in the upcoming school year.

Columbia's Board of Education voted 6 to 1 to approved a new three-tier transportation system, which will stagger school start times for the upcoming school year.

All middle schools, as well as seven of the district's elementary schools, will begin school at 7:20 a.m. The remaining elementary schools will begin at 8:20 a.m., and high schools will start at 9 a.m.

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11:50 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Columbia schools reconsider arming security directors

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A Columbia school district committee is looking into allowing two district employees to carry firearms.

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9:38 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Missouri student success on Advanced Placement tests doubles

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The number of Missouri students succeeding on Advanced Placement Tests has doubled in the last decade.

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education spokesperson Sarah Potter said AP tests saved a great deal of money for students in 2012.

“Potential cost savings for the students and families are more than fifteen million dollars by taking these exams and getting college credit,” Potter said.

Although Missouri is showing improvement among the students who do take the test, the number of students taking the test is low.

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10:06 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Rock Bridge dedicates new auxiliary gym, welcomes needed facilities

Rachel Wittel KBIA News

The Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors hosted a ribbon-cutting event Tuesday to dedicate Rock Bridge High School’s new auxiliary gym. This project was part of the $120 million bond issue approved by voters in 2010.

The gym cost $4.1 million and seats 300 to 500 people. Its construction lasted less than a year, and many other projects funded by the 2010 bond issued remain in progress.

“We’ve been spending money just about as fast as we can to get the most out of our investment,” Columbia Public Schools Superintendent Chris Belcher said.

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10:09 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Discussion continues on Columbia Public Schools start time

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Changes to the Columbia Public School transportation schedules remain under debate. The Columbia Board of Education convened Monday to discuss, among other things, the new three-tier schedule designed to reduce the number of busses and improve the quality of service.

This schedule would push high school start times back back to 9 a.m. Middle schools and some elementary schools start between 7:20 and 7:30 a.m. The rest of elementary schools would begin at 8:20 a.m.

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12:54 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Belcher has new proposal for Columbia school start times

Chris Belcher
Kristofor Husted KBIA

At the Columbia Board of Education meeting tonight, Superintendent Chris Belcher is expected to propose a new plan for school start times.

Instead of high school students starting first at 7:20am, like in previous proposals, Belcher is recommending they begin at 9:00am after the elementary and middle schools. He says research supports his proposal.

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9:48 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Columbia Public Schools planners narrow possible elementary school sites to three

Columbia Public Schools Assistant Superintendent Peter Stiepleman explains the terrain of the site at Scott Boulevard and Route KK to board member Jan Mees at the site tour for a new elementary school in southwest Columbia on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013.
Laishi Zhou KBIA

After nine months of discussion and research, Columbia Public Schools narrowed 14 options for the location of a new elementary school down to three.

Members of Long-range Facilities Planning Committee and the Board of Education took a site tour at three sites Saturday to better inform their decisions.

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6:00 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Columbia Public Schools unveils electronic reading program

An increasing number of schools across the country are introducing tablet technology into the classroom.
Brad Flickinger Flickr

Columbia Public Schools announced Wednesday an expansion of an electronic reading program throughout the district.  With the myON reader program, students can log on to a website and have access to thousands of free electronic books.

Superintendent Chris Belcher calls it “” for kids. He says the district has purchased a password to access the site for every 4-year old in the district.

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1:50 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Columbia schools under heightened security Friday amid rumors

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Kristofor Husted KBIA

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.

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10:27 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Winter storm causes partial power outages at three Columbia schools

Strong winds blow snow over Columbia on December 20, 2012
Ryan Famuliner KBIA

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.

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4:54 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Newtown tragedy brings safety plans into focus for Columbia Schools

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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."

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3:03 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Columbia Public Schools making schools safer

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Improvements in safety are on the horizon for many of Columbia’s public schools.

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9:13 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Columbia school board seeks feedback on three-tier plan

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.
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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.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:48 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Case of whooping cough at Hickman High School


The 15th case of whooping cough has been reported in Boone County. Columbia Public Schools are working to prevent further cases of whooping cough after a confirmed case in the school district.

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