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.
MU’s non-tenure track faculty are lobbying for improved representation within the university.
A proposed change to the Collected Rules and Regulations was discussed at a faculty forum Tuesday afternoon. The amendment would redefine “faculty” in order to give voting privileges to non-tenure-track professors.
Nicole Monnier is associate teaching professor of German and Russian Studies, and one of four non-tenure track representatives on the Faculty Council.
More Missouri students are training for future careers while still in high school.
Sixty-three percent of the state's high school students participated in at least one career or technical education program in the 2011-2012 school year. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education says that's a 3 percent increase from the previous year.
The state of Missouri is holding a series of free financial aid workshops for prospective college students.
The events are known as "FAFSA Frenzy." The acronym stands for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, a rite of passage for most college-bound students this time of year as the priority deadline for federal aid approaches.
Workshops are scheduled across the state on Saturday and Sunday, with a handful planned for later in February and early March.
Calling the police is now as easy as pushing a button in Kirksville Public Schools.
A day away from the two-month anniversary of a Newtown, Conn. shooting that left 20 elementary students and six teachers dead, Kirksville’s school board president Neal Chamberlain said he is more confident than ever in the safety at district schools.
“For a small community, I think we really are trying hard to provide a quality education for our kids," Chamberlain said. “One component of that is making sure we have safe places and good places for our kids to get that education.”
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.
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.
University of Central Missouri President Chuck Ambrose wants to hear from his students on Twitter.
Ambrose is hosting a two-hour "Tweet Chat" with students at the Warrensburg school starting at noon Tuesday.
The school says anyone interested in the university is also welcome to participate. More than 1,600 people follow Ambrose on Twitter, where he is known as @UCMAmbrose. Tuesday's event will be his first live chat using the format.
A Missouri House Representative is pushing for new school bullying policies. Representative Sue Allen’s House Bill 134 was heard at a public hearing this morning by the Committee for Elementary and Secondary Education.
Michael Ponder’s tenure with the University of Missouri Board of Curators is over — at least for now. Governor Jay Nixon appointed the Cape Girardeau attorney to the board last month before the start of the 2013 legislative session, but he still needed Senate confirmation for his appointment to become permanent. Nixon formally reversed Ponder’s appointment Wednesday night when it became apparent that he would not win Senate confirmation by Thursday deadline.
Four panelists Wednesday morning reiterated arguments against MU's potential hire of former Army psychologist Larry James, who is being considered for a leadership position in the College of Education.
James is currently the dean of professional psychology at Wright State University in Ohio. But in the past, he was in a leadership position as an Army psychologist at Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib. Since his role as an intelligence psychologist was during a time of intense abuse allegations, some people are concerned about his personal ethics.
Larry James, the former Army psychologist being considered for a leadership role in the College of Education at MU, spoke to an audience of about 60 people today.
Community members have expressed concern about the possible hire of James -- he was in a leadership position as an Army psychologist during times of intense abuse at Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib. About 40 people gathered on Friday to protest his potential hire .
In his State of the State Address, Gov. Jay Nixon outlined his proposal to boost funding for early childhood education by $17 million, saying, “early childhood education is a smart investment, with a big return.”
The prospective hiring of a retired Army psychologist who has faced abuse accusations at the Guantanamo Bay military prison is drawing protests at MU today.
The mid-Missouri chapter of the Fellowship of Reconciliation has scheduled an afternoon protest outside Hill Hall. That's home to the College of Education, which has selected Larry James as one of two finalists for a top leadership job.
Missouri first-graders would have to take a gun safety course under a bill being considered by a state Senate committee.
Sen. Dan Brown, a Republican from Rolla, outlined his proposal Tuesday for the chamber's General Laws Committee. No one spoke in opposition, and the committee did not vote on it.
The bill would mandate the teaching of the National Rifle Association's Eddie Eagle Gunsafe Program in every first-grade classroom. Brown says it would teach young children what to do if they come across an unsecured weapon.