elementary education

Aeroponic Towers To Be Placed in Columbia Public Schools

Sep 22, 2016
Columbia Public Schools

Coming in October, aeroponic towers will be placed in every elementary school in the Columbia Public School system.

  The towers hold 20 plants, each whose roots hang loosely in the air. Every 15 minutes, water is pumped up the tower from a reservoir at the bottom, and then drizzles onto the plants, eliminating the need to use soil.

Aeroponic systems use less water and some plants grow larger than in a conventional garden growing. The non-profit Columbia Public Schools Foundation approved the nearly 20 thousand dollar grant to pay for these plants.

CPS science director Mike Szydlowski came up with the idea to try to keep kids interested during school.

Springfield camps get kids ready for Kindergarten

Jul 9, 2014
Michele Skalicky / KSMU

This week at nine Springfield elementary schools, kids are making friends, learning social skills and getting ready to start their formal education.  They’re attending Kindergarten Camp, hosted by the Community Partnership of the Ozarks.  KSMU's Michele Skalicky reports.

The camp started Monday and goes through Friday at Bingham, Bissett, Boyd, Bowerman, Robberson, Watkins, Weaver, Westport and York Elementary Schools. 

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The Columbia Board of Education has approved construction to begin on a nearly $19 million project to build a new elementary school northeast of Columbia, adjacent to Battle High School. The board approved a bid by K&S Construction of St. Louis, the lowest bidder for the project. The original budget for the project was $12 million but the board increased that based on the projected need for capitalized interest and collective bond premiums.

St. Louis Arch
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St. Louis schools are no longer unaccredited, following a unanimous vote today by the State Board of Education.

Schools in Missouri are adjusting curricula to meet new national standards. Missouri is one of 45 states around the country that has adopted a new set of standards for K through 12 school curriculums.  

Missouri Capitol
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Legislation that’s designed to stem a potential flood of students from unaccredited schools in St. Louis and Kansas City to nearby suburban schools was heard Tuesday before a Missouri Senate committee.