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Mitchell announces retirement, accepts job outside education
After nearly six years with the Jefferson City Public Schools, Superintendent Brian Mitchell announced on Wednesday his intention to retire at the end of this school year.
After nearly six years with the Jefferson City Public Schools, Superintendent Brian Mitchell announced today his intention to retire at the end of this school year.
Essentially asking voters to just vote “No,” the Jefferson City Board of Education waded into the Amendment 3 debate on Monday by unanimously approving a resolution opposing it.
Greg Gaffke has an uncanny knack for disarming people with his gentle sense of humor, and over the years that quality had led to a long list of successes as a community volunteer.
Have you ever dreamed of living overseas? If you are a teenager in Mid-Missouri, Rotary Youth Exchange is offering you a chance.
Nearly 50 Lewis and Clark Middle School students on Thursday participated in a day-long program aimed at dissuading them from experimenting with alcohol and tobacco, and arming them with the tools they’ll need to halt bullying.
The committee tasked with developing a plan to expand Jefferson City’s schools on Tuesday put the final touches on the two-hour presentation they want to share with the public next month.
Citing a concern that “ongoing complaints have caused him to become a lightning rod for unrest,” Jeff Dodson, principal of Jefferson City High School, has resigned.
Locating a multipurpose facility on land owned by the Jefferson City Public Schools holds the possibility of creating unique synergies, a civic leader said Monday night.
Small but happy crowd turns out for Jazzfest and Art Fair
As jazzy riffs washed over his work area, Rodger Francis carefully applied layers of pastel chalk to High Street’s pebbly surface during Saturday's Capital Jazzfest and Capital Street Art Fair..
Attention shifts to upgrades on elementary schools
A committee charged with devising a future facilities plan for the Jefferson City school district continued to work Thursday night on how to present its ideas to the public.
‘Communication is a learned skill’
Seventh-graders at Lewis and Clark Middle School are studying conflict resolution this month as part of their Contemporary Issues class.
After being discussed for months, the Jefferson City Public Schools kicked off academies with the start of school this fall, and Diane Olson, the director of education programs for Farm Bureau, was the first experiment.
Both Jefferson City, Helias and Blair Oaks high schools saw their average ACT composite scores uptick in 2014, following a statewide trend that saw scores rise for the first time in nearly a decade.
School district says clear trends don’t emerge from data
The Jefferson City Board of Education recently was given a packet of information containing discipline statistics in the district, but because administrators have changed the way infractions are handled and reported over the past seven years, discerning clear trends from the data is difficult.
Tina Meier — the mother of a 13-year-old Missouri girl who committed suicide after being bullied online — spoke to sophomores at Jefferson City High School on Monday afternoon.
If Mid-Missouri had a “Doughnut King,” Dave Siebeneck, bakery manager at Schulte’s Fresh Foods, probably deserves to wear the crown.
As the director of recovery services at the Missouri Department of Mental Health, Rosie Anderson-Harper focuses on helping individuals with mental health and addiction issues recover a better quality of life.
Many problems blamed on administration
Whether speaking from the podium or buttonholing board members in the hallway afterward, about 30 school patrons attended the Board of Education’s monthly meeting to lay bare their deep dismay about concerns they harbor about the management of the Jefferson City Public Schools.
Poor discipline, extra work for teachers dominate discussion
When the Jefferson City Board of Education opened itself up to more feedback, John Ruth thought he would hear about a desire for smaller class sizes or the need for more computers.
Eighteen students at Jefferson City High School have earned Advanced Placement Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP Exams.
Former students, teachers say retention issue has festered for years
The Jefferson City Public Schools have seen a steady decline in the number of years of experience of its professional staff, according to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Still up in air if public will get to ask questions
After nearly a year of researching approaches to expand the public school facilities in Jefferson City, the committee tasked with the job settled on a date to share their work with the public.
Motocross is one of those high-spirited sports that makes the old feel young again, and the young feel old … well, grown up.
Two families — one from Jefferson City and another from Plachy-Buyon, France — swapped houses for part of this summer, to the delight of all.
Journalism instructor alleges discrimination, harassment by administrators
A former Jefferson City High School journalism teacher has sued the district, alleging she was subjected to age and sex discrimination and harassment by the school’s administrators.
A Stringtown family is facing dire circumstances as they attempt to bring home a medically fragile, malnourished 9-year-old girl they have adopted from Ukraine.
The Blair Oaks school board has been strategizing ways to collect enough money to possibly build a fourth building, possibly a senior high for grades 9-12.
Some parents are perturbed by a district-wide practice that, on occasion, removes an entire class from their room in order to “remove the audience” from a student who is misbehaving. (School administrators maintain the practice is accepted in the profession.)
School district’s technology initiative begins this fall
The Jefferson City Public School district is rolling out a technology initiative this fall that holds the potential to revolutionize the way students learn.
For Missouri Supreme Court Justice Patricia Breckenridge, promoting better civic education is an abiding passion.
Observations expressed to Jefferson City school board
Concerns about plummeting teacher morale and a lack of discipline in the schools dominated the discussion at a coffee klatch hosted by the Jefferson City Board of Education meeting Thursday morning.
Although no vote was taken on Monday, the Jefferson City Board of Education gave its tacit consent to a proposal to study whether district-owned property would work as a suitable location for the Special Olympics Missouri Training for Life campus.
Raising enough to money to build a new school isn’t the only hurdle civic leaders face; operating the new facility also comes at a price, a committee looking at long-range plans for the Jefferson City public schools learned recently.
Leaders at Helias Catholic High School have temporarily suspended their search for a new principal to serve this fall, choosing instead to divide tasks among administrators and faculty already working in the building, Father Stephen Jones said Thursday.
A house fire on Westwood Drive damaged the owner’s garage, but the remainder of the building — albeit smoky — likely still will be livable, according to Jefferson City fire personnel.
After updating the Blair Oaks Board of Education about Monday evening’s destructive storm, Superintendent Jim Jones segued Tuesday night’s board meeting into a litany of more-ordinary topics.
‘Debris was everywhere’
Straight line-winds whipping through Wardsville on Monday night ripped two-thirds of the roof off the Blair Oak High School gymnasium, soaking the wooden floor and causing an estimated $400,000 in damages.
From the time he was a boy, Ryan Restemayer dreamed of competing in the Olympics. After years of thinking about his dream, he decided he didn’t want to be one of those guys who never even tried.
With Burwell v. Hobby Lobby decision
In the U.S. Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision, did justices push aside accepted tenets of law, in order to give business owners an unprecedented right to impose their religious convictions on employees? Or did they simply uphold cherished ideals of religious freedom?
A straw poll of the Long Range Facilities Planning Committee revealed that 18 members of the committee prefer two high schools — or a variation of that idea — while only two want to build a single high school.
Education cuts create ‘extreme challenge’
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s decision to withhold and veto more than $1.1 billion in state funding could mean $750,000 less for Jefferson City public schools’ coffers next school year.
Tuesday’s bright afternoon sunlight didn’t prevent a small group of veterans and their supporters from congregating on the Capital City Ford Lincoln parking lot to welcome the “High Five Tour Across America.”
Adopted daughter reunited with biological mom
Two weeks ago, Vickie Wieberg sent a poignant message out into the universe. In a June 3 Facebook post, she talked to her friends about the difficult choice she and her boyfriend made 22 years ago to give their newborn up for adoption.
The Jefferson City Board of Education approved a $92.7 million budget last week that provides modest raises for employees, expands busing for high school students and maintains a healthy fund balance.
Chat about how the new St. Marys Health Center will impact Jefferson City's Fourth Ward dominated the discussion at a town hall meeting Saturday.
As a kid growing up in Gasconade County, Kyle Lairmore spent his days hunting and fishing in the forests and fields that surrounded his home.
Presented with three options for new high school facilities last month, a team of volunteers is now tackling the difficult work of whittling today’s wish list into tomorrow’s punch list.
Jefferson City High School could expand its drug-testing program to include organizations beyond sports, Activities Director Mark Caballero told the Board of Education Monday evening.
As this school year came to a close, teachers at Lewis and Clark Middle School tinkered with a new instrument — a 3-D printer — they plan to fully integrate into their lessons next fall.