Columbia Public Schools, Missouri
|Columbia Public Schools|
|Number of schools:||30|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Christine King|
About the districtBoone County in Columbia, Missouri. It is located in the eighth largest county in Missouri. According to the 2010 United States Census, Columbia is home to 108,500 residents.
Columbia underperformed the state average in median household income and residents living below the poverty level. The United States Census Bureau found that 54.1 percent of Columbia residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 25.8 percent for Missouri as a whole. The median household income in Columbia was $$43,084 compared to $51,529 for the state of Missouri. The poverty rate in Columbia was 23.6 percent compared to 15.0 percent for the entire state.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.
Chris Belcher is the current superintendent for Columbia Public Schools. Belcher has served in this position since 2009. He earned his bacherlor's and master's degrees from University of Central Missouri and earned his doctoral degree from University of Missouri-Columbia. He has earned honors from the Missouri Association of Education Office Professionals as Superintendent of the Year in 2011 and Missouri State Teachers Association Administrator of the Year.
Columbia Public Schools Board of Education is composed of seven members serving three-year terms.
|Columbia Public Schools Board of Education|
School board elections
- See also: Columbia Public Schools elections (2014)
Members of the Columbia Public Schools Board of Education are elected to three-year terms. There was no primary election and the general election for three seats was held on April 8, 2014. Two seats were up for election in 2013 and two seats will be up for election in 2015.
The table below displays the budget for Columbia Public Schools:
|Expenditures by Category|
|School Year||Staff Expenses||Student Services||Operational Expenses||Debt Service||Other||Budget Total|
|Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget|
Columbia Public Schools employed 894 K-12 teachers during the 2012-13 school year. Teacher salaries are categorized based on higher education achievement, professional development and years of service. A teacher with a bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate courses with raises at credit intervals. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table details the salary schedule negotiated between the district and the Columbia Teachers for 2013-2014:
|Degree level||Minimum salary ($)||Maximum salary ($)|
|B.A. + 15||34,353||44,671|
|MA + 15||35,549||52,492|
|MA + 30||36,770||55,383|
|MA + 45||37,990||57,824|
|MA + 60||39,211||60,265|
|MA + 75 w/ Doctorate||40,431||66,848|
Schools in Columbia Public Schools
Columbia Public Schools served 16,988 students in 30 schools in the 2012-2013 school year.
Columbia Public Schools operates 30 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Columbia Public Schools|
|Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary|
|Career Center High|
|Cedar Ridge Elementary|
|Derby Ridge Elementary|
|Midway Heights Elementary|
|Mill Creek Elementary|
|New Haven Elementary|
|Paxton Keeley Elementary|
|Rock Bridge Elementary|
|Rock Bridge High|
|Russell Boulevard Elementary|
|Shepard Boulevard Elementary|
|Two Mile Prairie Elementary|
|West Boulevard Elementary|
Missouri’s Top 10 by 20 plan holds as a primary goal that all students will graduate high school college-and-career-ready. To measure progress toward this goal and to distinguish among school and district performance, the Department computes an Annual Performance Report (APR) score for each Local Education Agency (LEA) and school. This overall score is comprised of scores for each of the MSIP 5 Performance Standards
- Academic Achievement
- Subgroup Achievement
- High School Readiness (K-8 districts) or College and Career Readiness (K-12 districts)
- Attendance Rate
- Graduation Rate (K-12 districts).
Status, progress, and growth (where applicable) are used to calculate a comprehensive score used to determine the accreditation level of a school district. Data for academic achievement (English language arts and mathematics), subgroup achievement (English language arts and mathematics) and graduation rate are also used for federal accountability determinations, including reward, focus and priority school identification, for LEAs and schools.
The MSIP 5 Performance Standards were approved by the State Board of Education in December of 2011 and go into effect two years from the date of approval. Missouri’s ESEA Flexibility Request was approved by the United States Department of Education in July of 2012. The components used for federal accountability went into effect upon approval of the request.
|MSIP 5 Performance Comparison|
|MSIP 5 Standards||Possible Points||Points Earned||Percent Earned|
|College and Career Ready||30||24.5||81.7%|
For the 2012-2013 school year, Columbia Public Schools students earned an average Missouri Assessment Program index score of 350.6. Students scored highest in science with an index score of 360.1, but they scored lowest in mathematics with an index score of 338.8. The district's average MAP index score ranked 209 out of the 469 Missouri school districts that reported scores for all four tested subject areas.
- Missouri school districts
- List of school districts in Missouri
- Columbia Public Schools elections (2014)
- School board elections portal
- Columbia Public Schools, "Financial Information," accessed December 13, 2014
- Missouri Comprehensive Data System, "School Finance Report" accessed February 5, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Arnold (city), Missouri," accessed February 6, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
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- Columbia Public Schools, "Board Members," accessed February 6, 2014
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