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The district’s first Early Childhood Leaning Center is scheduled to open in January 2017.

District Superintendent Peter Stiepleman said the district has been looking for ways to help unify the early childhood learning program in the district. Early education programs currently are spread out throughout the district in various buildings. However, he said the new building will greatly benefit both Columbia teachers and Columbia’s youngest learners.

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A Columbia school district committee is considering a plan to allow two employees to carry guns on school grounds.

Columbia teachers elect union representation

Oct 12, 2012
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Teachers in the Columbia Public School District have chosen the Columbia Missouri National Education Association to represent them through collective bargaining.

More than 900 teachers went to the polls on Thursday to decide if they wanted to be represented by a union.  Winning 55 percent of the votes, teacher’s union Columbia Missouri National Education Association will now be able negotiate legally-binding agreements with the school district about Columbia teacher’s salaries and working conditions. President Susan McClintic says the next step is to survey their teachers.

Columbia School District to receive less funding

Jun 1, 2012
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The Columbia Public School district will receive about $400,000 less funding from the state next year compared to the previous year. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, or DESE, announced its preliminary allocation plan last week. The estimation is based on the state foundation formula. DESE’s spokesperson Sarah Potter says the state doesn’t have enough money to keep up with the foundation formula, which has been in effect for six years.