Stories by Kris
During a four-hour session Tuesday, the Jefferson City Board of Education completed a self-evaluation and spent some time contemplating how they will evaluate Supt. Brian Mitchell this year.
Ember Looten hasn’t let a little hiccup like legal blindness prevent her from dedicating her career to the visual arts.
'It's not just a job'
After 47 years of service in the local Catholic schools, St. Martin School Principal Cathy Wolters is retiring. And she wouldn’t change a thing.
The Jefferson City School District will have to dip into its reserve fund in order to sustain the spending cuts to education that Gov. Jay Nixon announced Tuesday.
Aquatic center gets upgrade 20 years later
Can you believe it’s been 20 years since the Memorial Park Aquatic Center was renovated?
Class of 2014 called special
Smart. Competitive. Funny. Determined. Those were the adjectives used to describe the Blair Oaks High School Class of 2014, whose members graduated Sunday in a commencement ceremony held at the Falcon Athletic Complex.
Officials hear residents’ concerns, suggestions during coffee hour
To glean more insight into how the community views the public schools, the Jefferson City board has renewed its efforts to reach out to school district patrons.
Life is full of surprises. Bill Gerling rediscovered that last month when the Missouri Bar Association honored him with two awards he wasn’t expecting.
The Blair Oaks Board of Education approved pay raises for both faculty and staff at its meeting Tuesday night.
Councilman brings up golf course alcohol ban
In order to accomplish numerous construction projects at Washington Park Ice Arena this summer, the rink will reopen on July 28 — one week later than originally planned, but a far cry from the August and September dates that worried skaters.
Senior administrators for the Jefferson City Public Schools shared the district’s priorities for instruction at Monday evening’s Board of Education meeting.
Performed by the Jefferson City Symphony Orchestra
Symphonic music lovers who relish hearing something new are in for a sweet surprise Tuesday evening when the Jefferson City Symphony Orchestra performs three original works by Mid-Missouri composers.
Kay Procter is so excited about the new home she is purchasing through Habitat for Humanity that she started packing five months ago.
A natural gas main break closed traffic along U.S. 63 briefly when a road construction crew accidentally hit a pipe while digging.
At the Show-Me Tractor and Farm Toy Show held Saturday, the weather did more than merely cooperate. The blue skies, balmy air, and budding trees were glorious.
A constitutional duel continues in Missouri legislation
Do state legislatures have the authority — the right — to nullify federal laws, as our own Missouri General Assembly appears poised to do? No doubt our Founding Fathers would recognize this debate as one of their own.
Colleagues and administrators alike found it easy to sing Beth Dampf’s praises Thursday evening at a banquet where she was honored as the Jefferson City Public School’s Teacher of the Year.
Crusading for a new brand
Leaders at Helias Catholic High School have rebranded the school’s identity with two new logos and a new crest.
The streets of downtown Jefferson City will be teeming with creative people the evening of May 2, as the First Friday Arts Stroll gets underway.
Predictions of a growing student body is driving the work of a subcommittee charged with examining the needs of Jefferson City’s elementary schools.
Members of a planning committee on Thursday fleshed out details they’d like to see address problems with overcrowded and aging facilities for Jefferson City high school students.
Conference offers advice, tools for grandparent caregivers
More than 80 grandparents and other kinship caregivers gathered Thursday at First Baptist Church to attend a conference designed to help them navigate the difficult responsibility of raising children who are not their own.
An unexpectedly warm day heightened the level of difficulty for runners of the Boston Marathon on Monday, but both Jefferson City competitors finished the race.
After colliding with a bridge west of Hartsburg, a group of runaway Iowa teenagers in a stolen vehicle then tried to flee the wreck — three even tried to swim the Missouri River — before they were taken into custody by law enforcement.
With his knack for turning old trash into musical treasure, Travis Naughton is having way too much fun for a man who’s trying to sing the blues.
Strengthening the child welfare workforce is one of Tim Decker’s toughest challenges and top priorities.
Central Missouri is home to 30 newly minted citizens today, the result of a naturalization ceremony held Thursday afternoon at the Miller Performing Arts Center.
Thursday’s naturalization ceremony served as a real-world civics lesson for the Jefferson City students who attended.
Two retirements in the Jefferson City Public Schools recently led to a flurry of leadership changes for Thomas Jefferson Middle School, Simonsen 9th Grade Center and Jefferson City High School this week.
When John Martin was a kid, his dad was an alcoholic and his older brother was a bad influence.
Tami Turner gives emotional farewell
In the wake of last week’s election, two incumbents and a newcomer — John Ruth, Ken Theroff and Stephen Bruce — were sworn in as members of the Jefferson City Board of Education on Monday evening.
'I was treated very well here'
The first African-American to graduate from Helias Catholic High School recently shared memories of growing up in Jefferson City with a class of sociology students who attend his alma mater.
Two incumbents and a challenger were elected to the Jefferson City Board of Education in Tuesday’s election.
At Jefferson City, district could spend $743 more per student
If Missouri state lawmakers had fully funded the state’s foundation formula this fiscal year, the Jefferson City Public Schools would have been able to spend $743 more per student.
A committee tasked with hashing out a 20-year facilities plan for the Jefferson City schools opted Thursday night to delay a town hall-style meeting in order to gather more information first.
The Southwest Early Childhood Center earned a groundbreaking award Wednesday when it was named a “Missouri State School of Character.” The honor makes Southwest the first early childhood school in the nation to ever receive such a designation.
Race features two incumbents, four challengers
As the April 8 election approaches, the growth spurts of Blair Oaks School District have been a point of concern for the six candidates campaigning this spring for the district’s board of education.
More than 300 Cub Scouts raced tiny hand-painted cars this weekend at the 2014 Five Rivers District Pinewood Derby.
Desire to serve inspired candidates
Five community members have stepped forward to fill three available seats on the Jefferson City School Board, with an election slated on April 8.
Leading up to the April 8 election, the News Tribune interviewed all five candidates interested in serving on the Jefferson City Board of Education.
But they differ on how to proceed
Questions about East Elementary School — where test scores are flagging, poverty rates are high and a team of architects rated the facility as “borderline”— are cropping up for the five candidates running for the Jefferson City Board of Education this election season.
East Elementary School third-graders not only dressed up as their favorite creatures Thursday, they also presented what they’ve learned about the animal kingdom with a “Walking and Talking Zoo.”
Victorian poetry and Division II football rarely inhabit the same sphere.
A quick save by Jefferson City firefighters prevented a small cover fire from growing into a structure fire Friday morning.
A local hospital spokesperson has been tapped to join the Jefferson City Public Schools leadership team.
Although Blair Oaks school leaders typically keep an eye on incoming kindergartners and ninth-graders as a way to gauge the district’s growth, next year it might be Blair Oaks Middle School splitting at the seams. And it might take a mobile building to relieve the space crunch.
Deficit will jump to $1.4M
Employees of the Jefferson City Public Schools can look forward to another bump in pay next year.
More students are taking a second look at automotive repair, a high-tech career that is always in demand and can’t be outsourced overseas.
More than 125,000 children in Missouri live in homes where their grandparents, or another relative, are the heads of the household. What’s more, nearly 50,000 of those kids live in homes where grandparents are the primary caregivers, and more than 20,000 have no parent present in the home.
Hats and wedding rings thrown into contest
Leonard Steinman has run for Jefferson City mayor, Cole County Western District commissioner, Missouri governor and the U.S. House of Representatives.