Stories by Kris
Do you have some empty space on your walls? Or in your heart?
Five seeking two school board seats offer perspectives
Healing the rift that has developed between the Jefferson City Public School Board of Education and many of the district’s teachers is something all five board candidates say they view as a priority.
First Student, one of the largest providers of school bus services in the United States, will continue to transport students for the Jefferson City Public Schools.
A Jefferson City teenager has proposed a bill to expand gifted education in Missouri, which he hopes state lawmakers will pick up and embrace as their own.
LU panel discusses healthy food availability, public policy
Two dozen people gathered on the Lincoln University campus Monday evening to attend the free public forum, “There’s No Plate Like Home.”
When Jennifer Nesmeyer, a 17-year-old senior at Blair Oaks High School, tells people she wants to be a welder, they often don’t believe her. Even Kenny Thomas, the welding instructor at Nichols Career Center, didn’t take her seriously at first.
Icy weather didn’t deter serious shoppers from attending the Home Builders Association’s Home Show held at the Firley YMCA on Friday and Saturday.
A dose of wintry weather that deposited freezing sleet, rain and snow on Mid-Missouri’s roadways created difficulties for unsuspecting drivers Friday evening.
Small, but mighty.
Twenty-seven staff employed by the Jefferson City Public Schools were honored Thursday morning at a breakfast held in the atrium of the Miller Performing Arts Center.
After 40 years in public education and seven years serving the Jefferson City Public Schools, Director of Academies Myron Graber announced his impending retirement, effective June 30.
Frigid temperatures didn’t deter nearly 20 Jefferson City High School students from picketing Jefferson City Public Schools central office administrators on Wednesday.
A transplanted Texan will be returning home to his native Mid-Missouri to serve as Jefferson City High School principal this summer.
Robert “Bob” James has been named the principal of Jefferson City High School, according to a news release the district issued Tuesday.
Belair dad starts chapter of fathers program
As a civilian firefighter at Fort Leonard Wood, Derrick Smith knows what it feels like to be a watchdog who responds to emergencies when the calls arrive.
Although the perception of overcrowding is greatest at East Elementary, three other Jefferson City Public schools — Belair, Lawson and Pioneer Trail — also appear to be over capacity, according to a comparison of January class-size data and capacity estimates.
In this school board Q&A
A five-way race is set for the Jefferson City School Board, with one incumbent and four challengers seeking two seats on the April 7 ballot.
As deputy commissioner for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Ron Lankford oversees the division responsible for distributing all federal and state funds to local school districts and other agencies that provide education-related services.
The Jefferson City Board of Education voted unanimously Monday to implement policies that will make it easier for Jefferson City High School to transition to a new 10-block schedule.
Meet the candidates
Adrian Hendricks II serves as the Central Missouri youth development specialist for Lincoln University’s Cooperative Extension, helping to build educational programming for youth in an eight-county area.
Meet the candidates
Dan Renfrow has numerous attachments to the Jefferson City Public Schools.
Meet the candidates
Michael Couty — who serves as juvenile court administrator at the Prenger Family Center, where he is responsible for all juvenile justice issues in Cole County — was the first candidate to publicly announce his campaign.
Meet the candidates
First elected in 2009, Sweeney is the only incumbent trying to retain her seat on the board.
Meet the candidates
As a member of the school district’s Long Range Facilities Planning Committee, Pam Murray has been a proponent for vocational and technical education as a part of the total curriculum.
Helias Catholic High School will be implementing a series of faculty changes — including eliminating some positions and hiring a person to work with special-needs students — in order to improve the school’s financial circumstances, according to a press release issued Friday.
Parents: Solution less than ideal, but class sizes will be lower
Although crowded conditions at Jefferson City's East Elementary School will not be fixed this year, attempts to improve the situation were put into motion this week.
3 primary problems surface in strategic planning focus groups
The Jefferson City Board of Education learned more about the status of the district’s strategic planning efforts at a work session Monday.
Larry Linthacum gets a warm greeting in his first public appearance
Hundreds of people filed through the Miller Performing Arts Center atrium Monday afternoon in order to greet incoming Superintendent Larry Linthacum.
In order to provide Jefferson City High School students the opportunity to enroll in more classes, a new 10-block schedule has been created and will be implemented in the fall.
Speed-limit reduction, flashing lights sought near school
Calvary Lutheran High School leaders have embarked upon a project to make it safer for drivers entering and exiting the school’s property.
Elementary school among poorest, overcrowded in district
From the first evening Lisa Sanning visited Jefferson City's East Elementary School last August, she knew her daughter’s fifth-grade class was too crowded.
As marketing specialist for the Missouri Wine and Grape Board, Christa Holtzclaw helps the organization share its message with the public.
The idea of building a second high school in Jefferson City proved more popular with potential voters than a new elementary school or increasing the public schools’ operating levy, according to a telephone survey commissioned by the Board of Education.
Poor East School conditions draw dozens to board meeting
The Jefferson City Board of Education on Monday indicated the time is not ripe to move forward with a plan to expand the district’s facilities, despite impassioned pleas from patrons that some schools are overcrowded.
Proposed change to bell schedule tabled; panel to discuss East Elementary plans
If the Jefferson City Board of Education wants to ask voters in April if they are willing to build more facilities in the district, members have two weeks left to act.
All about pickin,’ playin’ and jammin’
The gentle melodies of a thousand bluegrass tunes drifted through the atrium of the Capital Plaza Hotel this weekend, as hundreds of musicians and enthusiasts traveled to Jefferson City for the 41st Bluegrass Music Awards.
Moberly assistant will take reins from Sister Jean Dietrich
A Moberly High School administrator will be the new principal of Helias Catholic High School, School President Stephen Jones announced today.
Who killed Anna Garcia?
Pre-filed bills seek changes in agency’s funding, commission
The Missouri Department of Conservation could face serious funding shortfalls if bills pre-filed in the General Assembly wend their way through the legislature this spring.
Six of Cole County’s elected officials were sworn into office Wednesday, in a brief but well-attended ceremony officiated by Presiding Circuit Court Judge Pat Joyce.
Thirty-two hardy souls competed in this year’s Ring in the New Year Mile, a short race held annually on the greenway south of West Edgewood Drive.
Jennifer Rose Wagoner, born at 4:20 a.m. at St. Mary’s Hospital, was the first baby born in Jefferson City on New Year’s Day.
Firefighters respond to medical emergencies almost hourly in the Capital City. But delivering a baby?
A few years ago, running a 5K was a pretty big deal for Larry Archer. But today he’s an Ironman athlete — capable of running, swimming and biking more than 226 kilometers in a single day.
Now in its 15th year, Dreams to Reality collects donated clothing, undergarments, accessories and shoes, and distributes them to women searching for jobs and those who are already in the workforce.
Dreams to Reality helps outfit women for jobs
As a recruiter for Rose International, not only does La’Tosha Nesbit want to make a good first impression, she also wants to help others do the same.
Jefferson City school board members hope hiring a new leader will allow the district to have a fresh — and less turbulent — start with parents, students and other patrons who had voiced complaints over problems with student discipline and teacher morale.
As a private land conservationist, Eric Niemeyer works with landowners interested in improving habitat not only for quail, but for all of Missouri’s flora and fauna.
MU chancellor impressed by youngsters and their contraptions
Students with a passion for robotics shared their work with a group of University of Missouri leaders Thursday afternoon at the Cole County Extension Center in Jefferson City.
Three challengers and an incumbent have filed for two open seats on the Jefferson City Board of Education on Tuesday, the first day of filing.