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Kris Hilgedick

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Candidates share perspectives on overcrowding at JC schools

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.

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Board candidates voice views on JC district’s challenges, opportunities

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.

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Ron Lankford — A love of public education

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.

JC schools move toward 10-block schedule for high school

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.

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Hendricks vows to promote inclusion, diversity

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.

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Renfrow says schools suffering from ‘broken process’

Meet the candidates

Dan Renfrow has numerous attachments to the Jefferson City Public Schools.

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Michael Couty promotes transparency and communication on new school board

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.

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Incumbent Joy Sweeney says her experience on board is an asset

Meet the candidates

First elected in 2009, Sweeney is the only incumbent trying to retain her seat on the board.

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Murray cites retaining teachers, improving morale as priorities

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 announces restructuring, some staff reductions

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.

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East School rooms shuffled to address crowding

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.

Board examines Jefferson City Public Schools strategic goals

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.

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Welcome to Jefferson City

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.

New schedule allows JCHS students more flexibility

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.

Calvary Lutheran seeks safety changes on Route B

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.

Parents: Pleas about East School overcrowding ignored

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.

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Christa Holtzclaw — Sharing state’s wine, grapes

As marketing specialist for the Missouri Wine and Grape Board, Christa Holtzclaw helps the organization share its message with the public.

Poll: Views of JC school projects apathetic, indecisive

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.

Voers won't see school issue on 2015 ballot

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.

Jefferson City school board may consider ballot issue

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.

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41st Bluegrass Music Awards hosted in Jefferson City

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.

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Helias picks new principal

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.

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Science class challenges, excites Simonsen students

Who killed Anna Garcia?

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Proposed legislation targets Missouri Department of Conservation

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.

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A new chapter for Cole County as officials sworn in

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.

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Road runners sprint into 2015

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.

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Couple's first child is year's first in Jefferson City

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.

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Firefighters rush in to deliver baby girl

Firefighters respond to medical emergencies almost hourly in the Capital City. But delivering a baby?

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Jefferson Citian adopts tough regimen, finishes grueling Ironman Arizona

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.

Local clothing program in need of volunteers, garments

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.

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A Christmas wish part 7: Making a good first impression

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.

New JCPS superintendent discusses upcoming challenges

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.

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Eric Niemeyer — Helping conservation-minded landowners

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.

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4-H’ers add R — for robots

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.

Four file for Jefferson City school board

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.

Public schools get good audit report

An audit of the Jefferson City Public Schools revealed the district is in good fiscal condition, accountant Jim McGinnis reported last week.

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WWII veteran tells LCMS students about Honor Flight, war

Lesson in sacrifice

History leaped to life on Thursday when Charles Foster, a soldier in World War II, shared his Honor Flight experiences — and his war-time memories — with a group of Lewis and Clark Middle School students.

Handing off the future

JC football foundation sets change of leadership

The end of one era came to a close, and a new one was launched, as the Jefferson City Public Schools Football Boosters Foundation announced a change of leadership Monday evening.

Capitol Caroling celebrates Christmas across the globe

This year’s Capitol Caroling concert, scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Missouri Capitol, will feature treasured traditional hymns, songs and carols from around the globe.

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JCHS class gives young entrepreneurs hands-on business experience

By launching their own business startup company, a team of budding entrepreneurs at Nichols Career Center is learning what it takes to turn a profit.

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‘Journey for Justice’ marchers arriving after day of heckling, support

End of march in sight

After facing quite a bit of racial invective in Rosebud on Tuesday, a group of marchers braced themselves for more of the same as they marched westward through Osage County on Wednesday.

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"Journey for Justice" marchers near Capital City

NAACP staging teach-in tonight at JC church

After facing quite a bit of racial invective in Rosebud on Tuesday, a group of marchers braced themselves for more of the same as they marched westward through Osage County on Wednesday.

Missouri educators warily eye next legislative session

Observers of the Missouri General Assembly believe several education bills that didn’t make it to the finish line last spring likely will be filed again. The first day to submit new bills for the next legislative session is Monday.

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Warm weather a plus for Small Business Saturday

Peaceful protest downtown doesn’t hinder Jefferson City shopping

Gorgeous weather gave sales a lift on Small Business Saturday, as avid shoppers wandered in and out of retail shops all over Jefferson City.

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Former resident’s first novel earns good notices

The debut novel of a former Helias graduate is being hailed as “masterful,” “mesmerizing” and “well-crafted” by a host of national reviewers this fall.

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5th-graders retell story of first Thanksgiving

Jennifer Bearden’s fifth-grade class buzzed with suppressed excitement Monday as the students readied themselves for the Thanksgiving pageant they’d prepared for the families.

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Helias hosts ‘sweet’ fundraiser for Show Choir Tuesday

For the seventh year in a row, the Helias Show Choir is inviting the public to “Just Desserts,” a fundraiser intended to help students travel to their competitions. The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Helias Gym.

State funding has failed to keep pace with growing education needs

Despite improvements in several state revenue categories, funding for Missouri’s public schools likely will continue to remain constrained. And it’s doubtful lawmakers will fully fund the formula that divides money among Missouri’s more than 500 school districts, something that hasn’t happened since 2009.

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Helias honors grandparents’ love, generosity

More than 1,000 people enjoyed a classic Thanksgiving feast at Helias Catholic High School’s sixth annual Grandparents’ Day on Thursday.

Online poll to gauge community's goals for new JCPS superintendent

What are the leadership characteristics of an effective school superintendent?