In times of crisis, it is important not to panic, but instead focus energy on a clear-eyed view of the circumstances with an emphasis on solutions.
Sixty-four percent of Columbus Middle School students are two or more grade levels behind in reading and 53 percent of those students are two or more grade levels behind in math, according to the district’s mid-year assessment presented Thursday to the school board.
Those grim numbers were presented during a marathon board meeting as one by one, school principals gave status reports of their schools, painting a portrait of an already-struggling school district badly affected by COVID-19 limitations on in-person instruction.
In the closing minutes of a 6 1/2-hour Columbus Municipal School District board meeting on Thursday, members unanimously voted to change officers.
The city council reappointed Jo Shumake to the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees in a 3-1 decision at its regular meeting Tuesday.
Shumake, who was first appointed to the school board in March 2016, was one of four applicants for the five-year position.
Columbus Municipal School District adopted a traditional school calendar for the 2021-22 school year after a five-hour recess board meeting held Friday at the Joe Cook Elementary School auditorium.
The Columbus City Council will appoint one of three applicants for an upcoming vacancy on Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees.
On Friday, the Columbus Municipal School District will hold a ceremony at Franklin Academy to celebrate the second of the city’s two landmark events in the history of public education.
At 4 p.m. former Franklin Academy students, school officials and local and state dignitaries will gather in front of the school on Third Avenue North for a program and monument unveiling to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the school, the first public school in Mississippi.
When Columbus Municipal School District Superintendent Cherie Labat was called up to provide an update on plans for Friday’s bicentennial celebration of Franklin Academy, she prefaced remarks by addressing the weather.
Columbus Municipal School District will hold another meeting to discuss the 2021-22 school calendar after the president of the local teachers organization criticized a lack of teacher input for the plans during Monday’s regular school board meeting.
Meanwhile, the Falcons girls beat the Trojans in a defensive struggle.