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Columbia's Rock Bridge high school is one of three CPS high schools covered by the new 2023 SRO agreement approved by the school board (2021 file photo courtesy of CPS' Michelle Baumstark)

Road project is aimed at helping traffic around Columbia’s Rock Bridge high school

Rock Bridge high school is located in south Columbia (file photo is courtesy of CPS spokeswoman Michelle Baumstark)

Columbia’s school board is expected to approve a $43,000 change order aimed at improving traffic around Rock Bridge high school at Monday night’s meeting.

The change order involves the Peach Tree connector driveway. CPS spokeswoman Michelle Baumstark tells 939 the Eagle that Peach Tree connector is aimed at helping to ease school-related traffic. She notes the project has been in the works for years and that CPS is excited to have the project underway.

The change order will also involve curb and drainage issues, and will add three speed tables at Rock Bridge. Speed tables are traffic calming devices.

The board is also scheduled to vote on a proposal to approve a detailed review of the district’s special education services and programs at tonight’s meeting.

The Columbia Public Schools (CPS) administration is requesting approval of a proposal from New Solutions K-12 for a systematic review of CPS’ services, programs, procedures, schedules and staffing as it relates to special education, as well as current social, emotional and behavior supports.

CPS’ Baumstark says the district has been talking about this for a few years. The $195,000 cost will be covered by the chief financial officer operating budget.

The board packet says New Solutions has developed a comprehensive approach for identifying high-impact opportunities to improve services and equity for struggling students.

Tonight’s meeting begins at 6:30.

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