Columbia Public Schools, Missouri

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Columbia Public Schools
Columbia, Missouri
Columbia Public Schools seal.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Chris Belcher
Graduation rate:85.7%
Number of schools:30
Budget: $301.9 million[1]
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Christine King
Board members:7
Term length:3
Columbia Public Schools is a school district in Missouri that serves the city of Columbia, Missouri. It is the 9th largest school district in Missouri, serving 16,988 students in 30 schools in the 2012-2013 school year.[2] The school district had an operating budget of $301.9 million for the 2014-2015 school year.[1]

About the district

Columbia Public Schools is located in Boone County, Mo.
Columbia Public Schools is located in central Missouri in Boone County. The county seat of Boone County is Columbia. Boone County is home to 170,773 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[3]


Boone County outperformed the rest of Missouri in terms of higher education achievement in 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that 47.3 percent of Boone County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.2 percent for Missouri as a whole. The median household income in Boone County was $48,627 compared to $47,380 for the state of Missouri. The poverty rate in Boone County was 20.0 percent compared to 15.5 percent for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2013[3]
Race Boone County (%) Missouri (%)
White 83.1 83.7
Black or African American 9.4 11.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 0.5
Asian 4.1 1.8
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 2.8 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 3.2 3.9

Presidential Voting Pattern, Boone County[4]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 39,847 37,404
2008 47,062 36,849
2004 37,643 37,801
2000 28,811 28,426

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.[5] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.


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.[6]

School board

Columbia Public Schools Board of Education is composed of seven members serving three-year terms.[7]

Columbia Public Schools Board of Education
Member District Term Ends
Christine King At-large 2015
James Whitt At-large 2016
Jan Mees At-large 2016
Darin Preis At-large 2015
Tom Rose At-large 2014
Jonathan Sessions At-large 2014
Helen Wade At-large 2014

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.[8] 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:[1]

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
2013-2014 $145,587,471 52.2% $0 0% $112,223,058 40.2% $21,330,320 7.6% $0 0% $279,140,849
2014-2015 $159,700,887 52.9% $9,047,917 3% $112,630,224 37.3% $20,491,764 6.8% $0 0% $301,870,792
Averages: $152,644,179 53% $4,523,958.5 2% $112,426,641 39% $20,911,042 7% $0 0% $290,505,820.5

Teacher salaries

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:[9]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 34,353 44,230
B.A. + 15 34,353 44,671
MA 34,353 50,501
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.[2]

District schools

Columbia Public Schools operates 30 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[10]

Columbia Public Schools
Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary
Battle High
Benton Elementary
Career Center High
Cedar Ridge Elementary
Derby Ridge Elementary
Douglass High
Fairview Elementary
Gentry Middle
Grant Elementary
Hickman High
Lange Middle
Lee Elementary
Midway Heights Elementary
Mill Creek Elementary
New Haven Elementary
Oakland Middle
Parkade Elementary
Paxton Keeley Elementary
Ridgeway Elementary
Rock Bridge Elementary
Rock Bridge High
Russell Boulevard Elementary
Shepard Boulevard Elementary
Smithton Middle
Two Mile Prairie Elementary
West Boulevard Elementary
West Middle

Academic performance

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 composed 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.[11]

MSIP 5 Performance Comparison
MSIP 5 Standards Possible Points Points Earned Percent Earned
Academic Achievement 56 46 82.1%
Subgroup Achievement 14 5 35.7%
College and Career Ready 30 24.5 81.7%
Attendance 10 7.5 75%
Graduation Rate 30 28.5 95%
Total 140 111.5 79.6%

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.[12]

Contact information

Columbia Public Schools seal.jpg
Columbia Public Schools
1818 W. Worley Street
Columbia, MO 65203
Phone: (573)-214-3400

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