Springfield Public Schools

Homelessness and Our Youth
Danisha Hogue / KSMU

The Springfield area has a high count of youth experiencing homelessness, with 70 percent of homeless youth between the ages of 17-18. It was among the statistics discussed Thursday before roughly 50 people at the Springfield Art Museum.

According to the 2016 Homeless and at risk Survey Report, the majority of homeless youth are white and identify the city as their home town.

A showing of Hillcrest High School’s 2013 documentary Homelessness in the Heartland set the tone for Thursday evening’s post-video discussion.


The Springfield Board of Education has received final recommendations for a facility master plan, which would be implemented over 12 years.

Michele Skalicky / KSMU

The Springfield Public School District wants to know what the public thinks about the long-range facility master plan recently presented to the Board of Education.

The plan offers two options for addressing needs identified during an assessment of about 60 buildings by an independent team of facility experts earlier this year.

A series of community meetings to gather input about the proposed improvements starts this week.

Dr. John Jungmann
Springfield Public Schools

The Missouri Association of School Administrators has named Springfield’s Dr. John Jungmann superintendent of the year.

The announcement came at the annual fall conference of the MASA and Missouri School Boards Association, which concluded Sunday.

Roseann Bentley Administrative Center
Scott Harvey / KSMU

A new administration building for Springfield Public Schools bears the name of one of its former board members and longtime education supporter.

Officials on Thursday unveiled the new Roseann Bentley Administrative Center along East Sunshine St. Before roughly 150 attendees, the current Greene County Commissioner offered thanks by expressing she and her family’s appreciation for the district.

“We love our public schools. And I don’t know if we’ve truly realized what a gift we have in the largest in the state and the best school district in the state,” Bentley said.