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New Cedar Ridge Elementary School Opens its Doors

Aug 1, 2018

Second-grade teacher Susan Heath gives a tour of Cedar Ridge Elementary School on Tuesday. The new school can hold 600-650 students.

The hallways of Cedar Ridge Elementary School were relatively quiet on Tuesday.

The floors were shiny, lacking any scuff marks from children’s sneakers, and the bulletin boards were plastered with construction paper flowers.

In one kindergarten classroom, a bulletin board was covered with empty paper frames, all reading, “Future masterpiece here.”

De'Vion Moore Named New Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary Principal

Jul 27, 2018

De'Vion Moore will be recommended as the new principal at Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School for the 2018-2019 school year. 

Pending approval by the Columbia Public School Board, Moore will replace current principal Michelle Holz, according to a news release from Michelle Baumstark, community relations director for Columbia Public Schools.

Columbia School Board approves budget, discusses suicide prevention policy

Jun 12, 2018
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The Columbia School Board unanimously approved the 2018-2019 fiscal year budget for Columbia Public Schools on Monday night. It will go into effect on July 1.

New Principal Announced at Blue Ridge Elementary School

Feb 28, 2018

Columbia Public Schools announced yesterday that Mark Burlison will be promoted from assistant principal to principal at Blue Ridge Elementary School for the 2018-19 school year.

Burlison taught elementary school for 10 years before becoming an assistant principal three years ago.


Kelly Sports Properties Sues School District over Unpaid Commissions

Feb 26, 2018

A Boone County marketing company is accusing Columbia Public Schools of being cheap.

Kelly Sports Properties is suing the district for $411,625.77 for alleged breach of contract and unpaid and delinquent commissions. Between 2011 and 2016, the company operated as the sole marketing agent for the district’s sports programs under the Missouri State High School Activities Association, according to a copy of the contract obtained by the Missourian.

Julia Coggins Chosen as Lee Expressive Arts Principal

Feb 14, 2018

Julia Coggins is the Columbia Public School’s choice for principal at Lee Expressive Arts Elementary School in the 2018-19 school year.

Michelle Baumstark, Community Relations Director for Columbia Public Schools, said CPS recommended her to the Board of Education.

Columbia Community Invited to School District Planning Session

Sep 26, 2017
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Columbia Public Schools is inviting community members to join a discussion Monday evening about its facility plans for the next 10 years. The discussion is meant to help inform the needs, goals and priorities of the district. 

The event will be at 6 p.m. Monday at Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center, 2601 S. Providence Road. Those who wish to attend can RSVP by emailing cpscomm@cps.12.org or calling 214-3960. An event flyer said walk-ins are welcome.

Initial Numbers Show Higher Enrollment in Columbia Public Schools

Aug 16, 2017
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Enrollment in Columbia Public Schools has increased by 294 students since last year.

Columbia Public Schools released preliminary enrollment numbers on Tuesday, which was the first day of the new school year. Total enrollment for all schools was 18,585, according to a news release from Columbia Public Schools spokeswoman Michelle Baumstark.

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Columbia Public Schools has found its chief equity officer for the district.

Carla London will be the chief equity officer after serving as the district’s director of student services.

According to Columbia Public Schools, London has also served as the district’s supervisor for student and family advocacy. London also coordinated the Aspiring Scholars program for secondary schools from 2002 to  2006. Before working in the district, London was a middle school teacher in Texas.

Two Columbia Schools Get New Principals

Apr 26, 2017
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Two top administrative vacancies at Columbia Public Schools are now filled for this fall. CPS announced Hickman High School Assistant Principal Tony Gragnani will move up to principal of that school, while Battle High School Assistant Principal Melita Walker will be the new principal at West Middle School.

Gragnani has served as an assistant principal at Hickman since 2014. He says the relationships he’s built during his time there will be important when taking on his new job.

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A group of teachers from Mid-Missouri gathered Monday outside Sen. Roy Blunt’s office in downtown Columbia to protest Betsy DeVos’ nomination for secretary of education.

Blunt said in a statement last week that he looks forward to working with DeVos, but the Senate has not yet cast a full vote. The Senate is still deliberating over DeVos’ nomination, but is expected to make a decision around noon today.

Teachers traveled from as far as Kansas City to urge Blunt to vote no on DeVos.


TRIM Grant Brings More Trees to Missouri

Oct 12, 2016
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The Missouri Department of Conservation recently awarded more than $380,000 to communities across the state from the Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance, or TRIM, grant program. Jefferson City and Columbia were both awarded funding.

Jefferson City received more than $22,000. The money will go toward creating an inventory of trees to determine which are safe and which are in danger of collapsing.

Today Paul Pepper visits with MELANIE KNOCKE from Columbia Public Schools' Planetarium about her trip this November aboard NASA's experimental aircraft called 'SOFIA'. Melanie also fills us in on more upcoming programs for children at the planetarium, including a new show called "Our Living Climate." Watch for details! August 30, 2016

Columbia has a new mayor and city council incumbents swept the night in mid-Missouri as the state took to the polls for municipal elections. 


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Columbia residents approved the Columbia Public School Board’s 30 million dollar bond proposal and tax levy increase in last night’s municipal election.

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On April 5, Columbia voters will have their say on two measures that would impact Columbia Public School District’s finances.

During the upcoming municipal election, Columbia residents will decide whether to pass an operational tax levy increase and a $30 million dollar bond proposal for the Columbia Public School District. 

Columbia Public Schools spokesperson Michelle Baumstark said the levy increase and bond proposal are two very different things.

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A new achievement report was the topic of much discussion at Monday night’s Columbia Public Schools board meeting.

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The Columbia Board of Education voted unanimously last night to place two proposals on the April ballot for voters. 

Douglass High School to be Renovated

Dec 8, 2015
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Columbia’s Douglass High School is set to undergo major renovations beginning next summer.

Shepard Boulevard Elementary gets Makeover

Nov 20, 2015
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On Thursday night Columbia Public Schools hosted a dedication that coincided with a series of expansions to the Columbia Public School District.

Columbia Public Schools' iPads Held as Evidence

Nov 19, 2015
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 Authorities said 30 iPads owned by Columbia Public Schools were being held as evidence by law enforcement in various investigations.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reported that 10 iPads were in the possession of the Boone County Sheriff's Department and 20 were with Columbia police.

Boone County Sheriff's Department Detective Tracy Perkins said a majority of the devices were used to share sexually graphic conversations or videos. Perkins said one investigation involved a school district employee, and the rest involve students, either as a victim or suspect.

Today Paul Pepper visits with MELANIE KNOCKE, Columbia Public Schools' Planetarium, and ERIC SANDOVAL, Chair of the Missouri Seismic Safety Commission, about the Columbia STEM Expo happening tomorrow at Rock Bridge High School. Don't miss an afternoon of activities that's free for all ages! November 13, 2015

Columbia Public Schools Block Twitter Use

Oct 22, 2015

As of Monday, Columbia Public Schools students were no longer able to access Twitter at school through the district Wi-Fi.

“It came to our attention that there were a couple of things coming through on Twitter that we didn’t want coming through,” CPS spokesperson Michelle Baumstark said. “So we have temporarily included Twitter in our filter so that it cannot be accessed.”

Teachers commonly use Twitter as a part of their curriculum, which is why the site wasn’t blocked like Facebook, Instagram and other social media sites.

Baumstark says the instructional technology staff is speaking with teachers about what they need when it comes to Twitter. She says the district plans on adjusting the filter to suit those needs.

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  Monday night, the Columbia Public Schools’ Board of Education approved an evaluation of whether or not the district could manage marketing for sports teams internally.

Currently, the district is in a five-year contract with Kelly Sports Properties, a marketing company based in Columbia. The contract is set to expire on June 30, 2016.

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Columbia Public Schools have abandoned the idea of offering an "alternate meal" of a cheese sandwich and apple for students who owe more than $15 to the district.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports district nutrition services director Laina Fullum sent parents and guardians an email in early August explaining the proposal that was to go into effect Aug. 25.

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The Columbia Public School Board approved a major change to its nondiscrimination policy within its schools. 

Today Paul Pepper and MELANIE KNOCKE talk about what you can expect at the Columbia Public Schools' Planetarium's 'Second Saturday Series,' happening tomorrow at Rock Bridge High School. It all starts with a live show for 3-7 year-olds at 2:00. September 11, 2015

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