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Community Relations

Michelle Baumstark

Michelle Baumstark,

The Columbia Public Schools Community Relations Department provides a vehicle through which our schools--staff and teachers, K-12--and our community work together to accomplish four goals: share resources to strengthen our schools' programs; improve student achievement for all students; better prepare our students for the world of work; and enhance our community's economic growth.  The department serves to enhance the education of Columbia students K-12 by developing and coordinating educational partnerships involving the entire Columbia Public Schools system and the Columbia community.  The department also serves as a liaison for the placement and recruitment of volunteers and community service organizations to assist in schools.  The department also manages multiple communication strategies utilized by Columbia Public Schools to reach its patrons.

The department manages the district's Partners In Education, Volunteer Programs, Community Relations, and Communications. The department also highlights community involvement within the school district, strengthening relationships and connecting business and community resources to schools.

  • The Partners In Education program began in 1984 with 11 charter partners.
  • The Partnership Friends program began in 1992 with 3 friends.
  • In 2006-07 there were 138 Partners and 113 Partnership Friends.
  • Partners In Education began a new initiative last year called Focus on Achievement. The goal is to demonstrate the effect the community can have on student achievement through measurable objectives and outcomes.

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Columbia Public Schools
Community Relations
1818 West Worley Street
Columbia, MO 65203

Director: Ms. Michelle Baumstark

Phone: (573) 214-3960
Fax: (573) 214-3401

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  Columbia Public Schools | 1818 W. Worley Street | Columbia, MO 65203
  Phone (573) 214-3400 | Fax (573) 214-3401 |

The Columbia Public School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, age, or use of leave protected by the Family and Medical Leave Act, in its programs, activities, or with regard to employment. The Columbia Board of Education is an equal opportunity employer. Inquiries regarding Columbia Public Schools' compliance with IDEA and Section 504 regulations should contact the offices or individuals below: Special Services (IDEA) Dr. Lou Ann Tanner-Jones (Section 504 Coordinator) at 1818 West Worley, Columbia MO, 65203, (573) 214-3400.  Notice of nondiscrimination