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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.

School District Leaders Describe an 'Intentional Campaign' to Discredit CPS in Email

Hickman High School
Meiying Wu / KBIA

The Columbia school superintendent and school board president sent “a message of support” in a mass email Friday afternoon, responding to what they described as “an intentional effort to discredit, disgrace, and destroy the reputations” of the district.

The email, coauthored by Superintendent Peter Stiepleman and School Board President Helen Wade, was sent out of “a sense of urgency to clarify a particular topic” and to express “empathy and gratitude” toward the district’s employees.

Race Matters, Friends included a copy of the email in a news release that they shared with the Missourian Saturday morning.

The message came after parents, students and advocates flooded the school board meeting Monday night, criticizing the district and its policies regarding students with special needs. The board, initially slated to vote on its restraint, seclusion and isolation policy, eventually postponed its decision after the testimonies. Board members at the meeting didn’t discuss the policy before sending the proposed language back to their policy committee.

To read more, visit our partners at the Columbia Missourian.