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Columbia's Hickman high school (2022 photo courtesy of CPS' Michelle Baumstark)

All CPS classroom teaching slots are filled; Columbia Public Schools starting classes today

Columbia’s Hickman high school (2022 photo courtesy of CPS’ Michelle Baumstark)

About 9,500 Columbia Public School (CPS) students are riding buses to school this (Tuesday) morning. It’s CPS’ first day of classes.

District spokeswoman Michelle Baumstark is urging you to slow down around schools and to pay attention to school zones. Baumstark also reminds you to stop when the school bus stop arm is out.

Baumstark tells 939 the Eagle that the first day of classes has been very smooth for the district. She says CPS Superintendent Dr. Brian Yearwood, district leaders and school board members have been out visiting numerous schools across the district.

As for staffing, Ms. Baumstark tells 939 the Eagle that all of their classroom teaching spots are filled. She says CPS did not experience the mass exodus that other districts across the nation have experienced.

CPS is still looking for hourly positions in custodial services, nutrition services and paraprofessionals.

Baumstark also notes that masks are not required in the district; however, students, staff and visitors can wear a mask if they choose to. Last year’s enrollment was 18,527: CPS is now Missouri’s fifth-largest district.

She says CPS schools and district offices have been busy for weeks with enrollments and registration.

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