Columbia Public Schools will be awarded the Magna Award for Equity Programs for its work with the Boone County Schools Mental Health Coalition. The district has earned first place recognition among medium-sized school districts from across the country.
Jacob Sirna will be recommended to the Columbia Board of Education to become the principal at Rock Bridge High School for the 2019-20 school year. Sirna will replace current Principal Jennifer Rukstad who was previously announced as the new assistant superintendent for secondary education beginning next school year.
Fifty-one Columbia Public Schools students will advance to the state DECA Career Development competition in March.
Thirty-four Columbia Public Schools students will advance to the Future Business Leaders of America state competition in April.
Battle High School Senior Trenton Marks has been awarded the prestigious QuestBridge National College Match Scholarship. He will receive a full four-year scholarship to Davidson College in North Carolina. This scholarship, worth more than $250,000, recognizes students who are outstanding academic leaders. Trenton is one of 1,044 students selected from more than 16,000 applicants nationwide to receive the scholarship.
The Columbia Board of Education voted on new attendance areas for middle and high schools at its February 11 meeting. In 2020, Columbia Public Schools will open its seventh middle school. In order to incorporate the new middle school into the school district and address continued growth in Columbia, secondary (grades 6-12) attendance areas required adjustments. The Board of Education also approved a transfer policy that includes some grandfathering for current students.