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Below the overview of the district are links to KBIA's coverage of Columbia 93 district schools, updated as more stories are published. Columbia 93 at a glanceThe Columbia 93 school district currently includes 32 different schools. In 2014, the district had a k-12 enrollment of 17,204 students, which is 2% of the total k-12 enrollment for the state. Enrollment has been slightly increasing in recent years, 2% since 2011. While a small percent, that amounts to almost 400 more students. There have also been major re-drawing of attendance areas with the addition of Battle High School. Middle school attendance areas shape high school boundaries 00000178-cc7d-da8b-a77d-ec7d2f9e0000The changes have affected all schools in the district, including causing high school attendance to increase and overcrowding at one middle school at least.

Exam: Columbia Outdoor Classrooms bring agriculture and healthy foods to elementary students

Ashley Reese
Cooking apples at West Boulevard Elementary with the Harvest-of-the-Month program

  It’s harvest time in Mid-Missouri and students at some Columbia Public Schools are getting the opportunity to learn about the science behind their favorite foods. These new lessons are thanks to a partnership with the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture.

Columbia students are doing their own growing with the Center for Urban Agriculture’s Outdoor Classroom Program. At least eight different elementary schools are hosting their own version of the program this year. KBIA’s Brady Finn visited Benton Elementary School to see how students are using the school’s greenhouses to make new discoveries about agriculture.

The Outdoor Classroom Program isn’t the only way Columbia Public Schools have encouraged kids to learn more about local foods. A local chapter of the international organization Slow Food has been making its own efforts to connect kids to their vision of good, clean and fair food. KBIA’s Ashley Reese reports on how the “Harvest-of-the-Month” program is bringing local food and farmers to Columbia classrooms.


Hope Kirwan left KBIA in September 2015.
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