A food truck will soon be part of the lunch time choices for students at Columbia high schools.
The district says the truck will bring more food options and help with overcrowded lunch rooms at its high schools. The district ordered the truck on Monday.
Laina Fullum is the nutrition services director for the district. She says the pork and chicken offered on the truck will meet U.S. Department of Agriculture standards for school lunches and will be available for the free or reduced-lunch program.
According to an article in the journal Science, 60 percent of teachers are “cautious” when teaching science. But the National Science Foundation has recently approved a grant that will help Missouri teachers build confidence on teaching the subject.
As the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education releases the latest round of MAP scores, Columbia Public Schools Superintendent Chris Belcher says, frankly, he isn’t worrying all that much about the scores this year. But he says they do still highlight one serious, known problem.
Superintendent Belcher says the MAP scores this year should be taken with a grain of salt, because the state is going through a transition period. The MAP tests will be replaced as part of the state’s planned implementation of common core standards in 2014-15. Belcher says Columbia teachers are already thinking beyond the MAP test, and have targeted their curriculum at preparing students for the new assessments, instead.
The Columbia Board of Education has voted to increase the city’s school tax levy.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the board approved a new total tax levy of $5.42 per $100 of assessed property valuation. That’s an increase of 2.2 cents from last year, the smallest the board has approved since 2008.
Northwest Missouri State University has received a $1.25 million gift from an anonymous donor.
The St. Joseph News-Press reports (http://bit.ly/19K3xKq ) university president John Jasinski announced the gift Wednesday. He says the money is for academic enhancements at the Maryville school and came from an anonymous donor who died recently.
A portion of the gift will also increase another endowment for scholarships for students during the 2014-15 academic year.
The dog days of summer are over for many students in the area, and will be ending quickly for many more. The fall semesters at the University of Missouri, Stephens College and Columbia College all begin on Monday.
All students in Columbia Public Schools go back tomorrow, except for kindergarteners, who get a few more days of summer and start school this Thursday.
Thursday also marks the start date for Jefferson City Public Schools.
Moberly students return to school this Wednesday.
Students in Fulton and Kirksville started last week.