Stories by Kris
Jefferson City area economic development leaders are hoping an expedited welding program might offer new opportunities for employees losing their jobs at enterprises like RR Donnelley and the Chamois Power Plant.
The indigenous tribes of Costa Rica have much to contribute to western medicine, two Helias Catholic High School seniors learned this summer.
Missouri’s educational performance has historically matched its geography. We’re in the middle, according to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. But, what will it take to be excellent?
Three topics — Jefferson City’s animal shelter, its transit system and the possibility of a new conference center — dominated the discussion at the Fourth Ward community meeting on Saturday.
Alan Bailey is a man of contradictions.
JC schools score 77 percent
According to the state of Missouri’s latest accountability measures for education, the Jefferson City School District would be a high “C” student. The district earned 108 out of 140 total points possible — 77.1 percent — on the Missouri School Improvement Program’s 2013 annual performance report.
Taste of Local Missouri draws connoisseurs to Old Munichberg district
As owner of The Salad Garden, a small farm located in Ashland, Dan Kuebler was part of the entertainment at Taste of Local Missouri, a food festival held in Jefferson City's Old Munichberg district on Saturday night.
A body was found in the Missouri River on Saturday morning. According to Jefferson City Police, officers were dispatched to an area north of Chestnut Street at 10:52 a.m. after receiving the report of a body found in the river.
Jefferson City High School students haven’t seen their composite ACT scores budge much over the last half-decade, according to data released Wednesday.
Students in the state of Missouri didn’t make as much academic progress last year as education leaders hoped they would, according to data gathered by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Committee to develop long-range building plan for district
Jefferson City public school community leaders once again are examining how to solve the district’s long-term space needs, particularly at the high school. A master facility plan is needed, officials say, because the district is facing its fifth kindergarten class in a row that exceeds 700 students.
South students, staff get big kick out of first day of school
Most South Elementary students saw their newly refurbished school for the first time at an open house Wednesday evening. By Thursday morning — the first day of school for the Jefferson City Public Schools — the school’s 304 students were clearly enjoying their new classrooms.
Scrambling to find chairs, space
The Blair Oaks School District is continuing to see signs of growth in its student population, although the spike this year isn’t quite as intense as in the past.
More than 950 Jefferson City Public School educators gathered at the Miller Performing Arts Center Monday morning to rev up their engines in anticipation of the 2013-14 school year.
After four years of voluntarily rolling back the Jefferson City Public School’s debt service levy — saving taxpayers about $2.2 million — the Board of Education has raised it again.
The Flood of 1993 transformed Hartsburg in a thousand different ways. People who had considered the town home for years were forced to move away. Many of the town’s houses were purchased by the federal government, leaving vacant lots to this day.
Saturday’s “Apparitional” events started with a panel discussion featuring the movie’s cast and crew inside of A-Hall on the Missouri State Penitentiary campus.
Hundreds of Mid-Missourians filled the Capital 8 Theater Saturday night in hopes of glimpsing the stars of “Apparitional” as they strolled down the red carpet.
Students returning to Jefferson City's South Elementary this fall will hardly recognize their old school, since it is being gutted — and renovated — this summer from the front door steps to the back loading dock.
Audiences cheer for local actors
Jefferson City rolled out the red carpet for the cast and crew of the independent film “Apparitional” with a Hollywood-style premiere Saturday night. Hundreds of Mid-Missourians bought tickets to see the movie that was filmed at the Missouri State Penitentiary site in April.
Kelly Cook knew in high school she was interested in helping people with disabilities. Volunteering in a hospital setting led her to the idea that counseling might be a good way to start.
School may consolidate codes of conduct
Blair Oaks administrators are considering creating a new Student Activity Code of Conduct that would apply equally to all students who participate in extracurricular activities, Superintendent Jim Jones told the school board Tuesday.
Girls' shoulder blades must be covered
Revisions to the Blair Oaks schools’ handbooks could affect students when they return for classes in August. Under the new policies, elementary students may be cited for “horseplay” and “demeaning conduct.” Middle school students may be cited for “horseplay” as well.
Two years ago the Jefferson City Public School district started spending significantly more on security initiatives.
Measures being take to ensure students and buildings are safe and secure will be reviewed Monday by the Jefferson City Board of Education. The board also might discuss again the possibility of raising the district’s debt service levy.
The Jefferson City area lost one of its more beloved, though slightly eccentric, individuals this past week when Eugene N. “Boulevard Bob” Long died Wednesday at his home. Long, 77, was a frequent sight as he scooted around on bikes, scooters and mopeds in his signature American flag helmet.
National convention makes rare stop in JC
The Lincoln University Alumni Association is gearing up for its 73rd National Convention to be held July 25-28 in Jefferson City. Hundreds of alumni are expected to visit to reminisce about their alma mater and build support for the university.
As a U.S. Army Air Corps navigator, Lt. E. John Knapp flew 35 Flying Fortress missions during World War II, including a mission on D-Day that softened the beaches of Normandy ahead of British troops.
This summer, the Jefferson City Public Schools purchased almost 2,000 new iPads — five for every elementary classroom in the district and one per every certified faculty member. By the fall of 2014, the district hopes to be able to provide a device to every member of the freshman class.
Bishop tabbed new president; 3 board members resign
The Catholic schools community has experienced significant leadership changes at both the board of directors and administrative levels this summer. In the wake of Stephen W. Jones’ appointment as Helias president, three of the members on the Helias Catholic High School Board of Directors — all lay people — submitted written letters of resignation.
As the incoming president of Helias Catholic High School, the Rev. Stephen W. Jones views his role as the public face of the school, providing leadership and guidance to both the faculty and the student body. But he noted Helias has a storied history of success since its inception in 1956.
T.J. Clime is afflicted with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, an inherited disorder that causes a person’s muscles to weaken quickly. The Climes have not given up hope of a cure. They are in regular contact with elected officials in Washington, D.C., to raise awareness about the disease. And they have been raising funds in support of the “Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy.”
As euphoric supporters cried, hugged one another and cheered, disappointed opponents vowed the Supreme Court’s rulings on same-sex marriage will not sound a death knell for their beliefs.
School board OKs preliminary budget at meeting
Blair Oaks Superintendent Jim Jones returned to work — part time — last week after suffering nearly fatal injuries in a traffic crash on May 24.
Pioneer Trail debt targeted by increase
After four years of voluntarily rolling back the Jefferson City Public School’s debt service levy — saving taxpayers about $2.2 million — the Board of Education is considering raising it again.
Leaders and residents alike have been debating for decades the merits of building a second high school in Jefferson City, but what will it take to move the needle? It’s likely board members and administrators eventually will craft another plan to take to voters.
While Jefferson City continues to delve into the process of attempting a new high school, other communities — Columbia, Wentzville, North Kansas City and Joplin — have successfully built high schools in recent years.
The Southern Baptist Convention on Wednesday approved a resolution expressing its “continued opposition to and disappointment in” the Boy Scouts of America’s decision last month to open its membership to gay youths, but the move is likely to have little impact on Mid-Missouri troops.
Art is just part of area’s revitalization
large crowd of spectators gathered in Old Munichburg for the unveiling of artist Jim Dyke’s mural on Saturday morning. The historical mural — 48 by 8 feet in size — depicts life in the neighborhood from earlier eras.
Relay for Life raises $162K before Friday night event
Are you ready to let your secret inner superhero out of the phone booth?
To a mixed group of gardeners and farmers, Chris Boeckmann, Lincoln University’s organic production manager, explained how he was growing grass hydroponically without soil or much sunlight.
‘I’m trying to think positive’
Farmers along the Missouri River have spent the latter part of this week preparing for potential flooding, particularly if another deluge nails Mid-Missouri this weekend.
Remembering the sacrifice
The individual stories of America’s veterans deserve to be heard and preserved, keynote speaker Jeremy Amick told a somber crowd gathered on Memorial Day at the Jefferson City National Cemetery on Monday.
Seeks voices to help schedule future meetings
In the months to come, leaders with the Jefferson City Public Schools hope to engage parents, staff and the greater community in a variety of public meetings. A public survey is at www.jcschools.us.
A Memorial Day service sponsored by the Jefferson City Veterans Council is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Jefferson City National Cemetery, in the pavilion near the Miller Street gate.
A group of sixth-grade literacy students at Thomas Jefferson Middle School learned what it takes to convert the written word into a movie with the premier of “The Last Thing I Remember,” a movie they made themselves based on the novel of the same name by author Andrew Klavan.
From the second grade onward, everyone told Mary Ellen Laden she should be a teacher.
Supporters of the Missouri Board of Education’s 2010 decision to adopt a set of “Common Core” standards believe the new guidelines have the potential to boost academic achievement and prepare more students for the workforce.
As the Department of Conservation’s first state wildlife veterinarian, Kelly Straka manages the health of Missouri’s wildlife populations.
Helias High School’s entire campus — not just inside the building — is now smoke-free, thanks to an initiative spearheaded by faculty and students and supported by parents.