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5:46 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

CPS investigates First Student bus driver after arrest

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  Columbia Public Schools were notified Friday, March 14 and began investigating an incident where a bus driver hit a Shepard Boulevard Elementary School student inside the bus.

As soon as Shepard Boulevard Elementary School heard about the incident, the principal began reviewing surveillance tapes capturing the incident inside the bus. Columbia Public Schools spokesperson, Michelle Baumstark, says, it was at this point that the principal felt it was necessary to notify Columbia police.

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3:31 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Columbia Public Schools purchases property for new school

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Columbia Public Schools reached a deal to purchase property for new elementary school.

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4:24 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Columbia Public Schools renews bus contract

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The Columbia School Board is renewing its yearly contract with First Student. The transportation system for elementary and high school students is constantly changing to make the out-of-school environment as pleasant as possible.

First Student Manager Craig Caldwell said the recent change from a two tier system to a three tier system is expected to prevent tension on the buses.

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5:48 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Grants for innovation awarded to Columbia teachers

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The Columbia Public Schools Foundation awarded more than 61 thousand dollars in grants for the 2013-2014 school year at a reception at Hickman High School Wednesday evening. Community Relations Director for Columbia Public Schools Michelle Baumstark says the grants provide opportunities for education that the district could not afford in the regular budget.

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8:17 am
Tue August 27, 2013

MU researchers receive funding for science teaching program

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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.

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5:43 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Low achieving Missouri schools could get a boost from the federal government

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The U.S. Department of Education announced it’s giving $7.7 million to the state of Missouri to improve low achieving schools through the Department’s School Improvement Grant program.  

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12:22 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

After precautionary lockdown, CPS reports students and staff safe

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The Columbia Public School District placed all district schools on what it calls a “modified lockdown” on Tuesday while law enforcement officials were engaged in a vehicle pursuit. 

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4:54 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Newtown tragedy brings safety plans into focus for Columbia Schools

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Following today’s fatal school shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Columbia Public Schools administrators have spent the day discussing safety strategies and offering assurance to principals, educators and parents.

Columbia Public Schools spokesperson Michelle Baumstark called today’s incident a “nightmare” – but one that schools have to prepare for: "You know we really hope that we never ever have to use the emergency plans, but it is important to have those in place."

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Science, Health and Technology
4:48 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Case of whooping cough at Hickman High School


The 15th case of whooping cough has been reported in Boone County. Columbia Public Schools are working to prevent further cases of whooping cough after a confirmed case in the school district.

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6:10 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Columbia Public Schools explores ways to improve access to records

Parents with students in the Columbia Public School District may have easier access to their child’s school records in the upcoming school year.

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5:08 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Columbia schools briefly locked down after burglary

Three Columbia schools have re-opened after a reported burglary in the area caused a lockdown to be enforced.

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5:40 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

Columbia public schools get a revenue bump

Columbia public schools are 7-and-a-half million dollars richer after voters approved a 40-cent tax levy in Tuesday’s election.

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6:14 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

Schools celebrate Black History Month

Public schools all around Columbia will put on a number of events to celebrate and educate the community about Black History Month this February.

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