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Education
3:57 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Live Blog: Columbia Schools Superintendent Meet & Greet

Credit Mark Bergin / KBIA

Follow this blog for live, continuing coverage of the "Meet and Greet" event for the two finalists for the Columbia Board of Education's superintendent position.

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Education
8:54 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Columbia school board candidates discuss goals at open forum

Paul Cushing
Credit File / KBIA

Columbia school board candidates Joseph Toepke, Jonathan Sessions, Paul Cushing and Helen Wade participated Friday in a forum hosted by Muleskinners.

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Education
8:45 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Columbia Public Schools to allow cell phones in schools

J Haymes photography Flickr

The Columbia School Board decided to allow the use of cell phones in schools.  Christine King, president of the Columbia Public School Board of education, said this policy will help students access school material through their phones.

“We want to provide the technology of online instruction through a variety of ways to students.  In order for them to use their iPhone, for example, to look up whatever it is they need to do for a class, we have to allow them to bring that into school,” said King.

Education
8:54 am
Tue January 15, 2013

High schoolers, community members speak out against school start times in board plan

High schoolers, district parents and educators turned out at the Columbia Board of Education meeting, Monday, Jan. 14, to speak out about start times in the board's proposed transportation plan.
Credit Harum Helmy / KBIA

The Columbia School District's Board of Education is reconsidering the school start times included in its controversial three-tier transportation plan. At last night’s board meeting,district parents, students and employees spoke loud and clear: The current proposed start times simply don’t work.

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Education
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.
Credit KBIA

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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Education
7:47 am
Thu November 15, 2012

EEZ discussion spills into Columbia School Board meeting

Columbia resident and anti-EEZ advocate Monta Welch is preparing for her speech on School Board meeting Monday night.
Maoling Xiong KBIA

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.

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Education
4:17 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Columbia Board of Education to appoint new member

Paul Cushing looks at early results in the Columbia school board race
File KBIA

The Columbia Board of Education will appoint a new member this month after Paul Cushing’s resignation.

Board President Tom Rose says it will not hold an election for the position – it’ll accept applicants instead.

"We'll interview the candidates on October 30 at an evening meeting that is open for anyone to attend. We essentially develop a list of questions that we have that they are able to prepare and we'll have each of them answer," says Rose.

The four current applicants are Rex Cone, Tim Parshall, Bill Kinney, and former board member Darin Preis.

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Education
9:04 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Columbia School Board supports raising state's cigarette tax

A report says one in four US high schoolers smoke first cigarettes before turning 18.
Sudipto_Sarkar flickr

Columbia's school board has come out in favor of a state ballot measure that would raise the state's cigarette tax and possibly bring money to public schools.

Proposition B is a proposed tobacco tax on November's ballot. It would raise taxes on cigarettes purchased in Missouri, which is currently ranked 11th in smoking rates and has the lowest cigarette tax of any state. The proposed tax would move Missouri to 36th place in nation-wide cigarette taxes and some of the money collected would be used to fund public schools.

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Exam
5:13 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Exam: The rest of the Columbia school board candidate interviews

Christine King and Melvin Blase
KBIA

This week on the show, you’ll hear from a couple of the candidates running for the school board here in Columbia. In Tuesday’s election, voters will pick two of the four candidates, who will each serve three year terms.

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Education
5:01 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Video: Interviews with the candidates for Columbia school board

Clockwise from top left: school board candidates Christine King, Paul Cushing, Rex Cone and Melvin Blase
KBIA

KBIA has interviewed the candidates for Columbia school board in its studio. Here are the full-length interviews. You can hear excerpts of these interviews on the air on KBIA's "Exam."

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Exam
5:10 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Exam: Talking with Columbia's school board candidates

This week on the show, you’ll hear from a couple of the candidates running for the school board in Columbia.

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Education
11:36 am
Wed January 11, 2012

Ballot measures approved by school board

Chris Belcher, superintendent of Columbia schools
KBIA

A 40-cent tax levy increase and $50 million bond issue have been unanimously approved by Columbia school board members, to go on the April ballot. The move came at last night's school board meeting.

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Education
5:43 pm
Tue December 20, 2011

Committee to recommend Plan B for CPS school boundaries

Provided by Columbia Public Schools

The Committee tasked with putting together a new plan for the boundaries of the Columbia Public School District has decided on its recommendation to the School Board.

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Education
4:44 pm
Tue November 15, 2011

Construction to Begin on High School Gymnasiums

Construction is set to begin on gymnasiums at both Hickman and Rockbridge High Schools. 

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