Columbia Delays Plans for Nature-Centered School
COLUMBIA (AP) - The Columbia school district says the opening of a nature-centered school will be delayed until at least 2015.
The district is considering opening a school that would incorporate the study of nature into all core subjects. Last month, district officials discussed the possibility of having the school open by next school year.
On Wednesday, assistant superintendent of elementary education Peter Stiepleman told a finance committee the opening will be delayed.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports Missouri State Parks will partner with the project, and the district also is working with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
Stiepleman says the delay will help better coordinate those efforts. And it will provide time to find ways to reduce the costs of opening a new school.