Springfield Public Schools

Theresa Bettmann

Springfield Public Schools go back in session August 15, and SPS Superintendent Dr. John Jungmann said the focus this year will be “One Team, One Dream.”  The idea is for the entire community to be involved in making sure kids get a quality education.  Part of that, he said, is looking at what kinds of facilities students need to be able to learn "and what kind of safety environments and equitable access to accessibility and those things need to take place," Jungmann said.

Michele Skalicky

Campbell Elementary will close at the end of this school year and will re-open as an interim early childhood education center and Parents as Teachers hub in center city.

The Springfield Board of Education made the decision Tuesday to consolidate Campbell and McGregor Elementary schools.

Michele Skalicky

Columbine High School in Columbine, Colorado was the site of a mass shooting in 1999.  Fourteen students and one teacher were killed by Columbine students armed with guns.  The shooters were also killed.  Twenty children and six staff members were killed in 2012 in a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.  And in February, a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida claimed a total of 43 lives.

Tragedies like those emphasize the need to make school safety a priority. 

Michele Skalicky

More than a dozen Central High School students stood before several city, county and state elected leaders Thursday, including legislators, city council, county commission and school board members, in a packed school auditorium.  They talked of their fears since the mass shootings in Parkland, Florida and in Newtown, Connecticut.  A few referenced an incident at Central a few years back when a student dropped a backpack in the Central Commons, and a gun discharged.  No one was injured.

Michele Skalicky

The Springfield Public School District is recommending merging Campbell Elementary with McGregor Elementary starting with the 2018-2019 school year.  

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