Columbia Public Schools will receive a national award later this month for its work in improving mental health among its students and faculty. The district earned first place among "medium-sized school districts from across the country," according to a district news release.Columbia Public Schools will receive the Magna Award for Equity Programs, which recognizes districts "for their efforts to remove barriers to achievement for vulnerable or underserved children." The district has worked with Boone County Schools Mental Health Coalition to promote mental health throughout the district.Implementation in the district, such as county-wide mental health screening, professional development regarding mental health and support for at-risk youth, has been created due to the collaboration between the district and the coalition."We employ more counselors and mental health professionals than nearly any other district in our comparison group because we recognize the need is so great," … [Read more...] about Columbia Public Schools to receive national recognition for mental health work
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Algernon D'Ammassa Las Cruces Sun-News Published 5:52 PM EST Feb 20, 2019 LAS CRUCES - Columbia Elementary School's 480 students have been holding classes at Centennial High School since September. On Feb. 19, the Las Cruces Board of Education voted to approve a course of action recommended by Superintendent Greg Ewing. So, what does that mean for school staff, students and their families? Until a design is completed and approved by the board, details are subject to change, but the administration's concept looks like this: Ewing's plan for Columbia Elementary Demolish the current building: Although students and staff had publicly asked the district to restore their "home," under the current plan the building would be torn down, at a cost of $1 million, to make way for athletic fields. Build a new school building on the same property: Ewing proposed building on a spot between the current school and neighboring Vista Middle School, possibly a two-story … [Read more...] about District rebuilding Columbia Elementary School: Here’s what we know
MU, Stephens College, Columbia College and Columbia Public Schools will be closed on Monday due to the severe winter weather. The MU Health Care hospitals and Veterinary Center with remain open for emergencies, according to an announcement Sunday evening."This is one of the worst snow storms we’ve experienced,” said Gary Ward, MU vice chancellor for operations, in a news release. "We continue to be in close contact with local and state officials on the road conditions, and our crews continue their work preparing the campus so that we can reopen as soon as possible."The decision whether MU will reopen on Tuesday will be announced by 8 p.m. on Monday, the statement said.Columbia College and Stephens College will be closed Monday with plans to reopen on Tuesday.Though Columbia Public Schools will also be closed on Monday due to road conditions, the Columbia School Board will still hold its scheduled meeting Monday at 6:30 p.m., district spokeswoman Michelle Baumstark said … [Read more...] about MU, Columbia Public Schools, Columbia College, Stephens College to be closed Monday
Monday, November 26, 2018 Photo courtesy: MGN COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Two local Columbia County schools are on a soft lockdown Monday afternoon as deputies search for a stolen car suspect. Westmont Elementary and Brookwood elementary are both on soft lockdown, meaning no one is being allowed in or out of the school, but classes are operating as usual. Columbia County deputies say they came upon a reported stolen car, and the driver sped off. News 12 is told he turned onto Westmont Drive and crashed into a streetlight. A passenger in the car is in custody, but they're still looking for the driver. A perimeter is set up in the area. … [Read more...] about Two Columbia County schools on soft lockdown as suspect is sought
For the past two years, Columbia Public Schools has made an effort to help with the local pollination problem by having beehives at various buildings across the district.Pollination is a vital function in the natural ecosystem, and, according to a U.N.-sponsored study released in 2016, 16.5 percent of vertebrate pollinators are facing global extinction.After seeing various studies, the district’s science coordinator, Mike Szydlowski, decided to apply for a grant to get a beehive and bee colony from the Honey Bee Conservancy to help increase local pollinators.Once he received the grant, he had an MU graduate student who was an aspiring beekeeper teach him enough about the care and maintenance of the hive so he could teach others, he said.Although the district takes precautions, Szydlowski said bees are nothing to be scared of.“Not one student has been stung,” he said. “There are huge misconceptions about bees. Bees do not try to swarm you. If you’re just … [Read more...] about Bees might be going extinct. Columbia Public Schools is trying to help.