Education news and issues in the Ozarks.


The project cost for Ozarks Technical Community College’s Republic Center has been approved by the OTC Board of Trustees.

The total project cost will be $7,295,000 for the center to be built on eight acres of land donated by the Bussey, Cox and Lipscomb families.  The building will be named the Bussy-Cox-Lipscomb Hall.

OTC officials plan to break ground on the project in January and hope to open it for classes in August 2020.

The board also approved a bid to hire Rich Kramer Construction to build the facility. 

We’ve all heard the phrase, “It’s in my genes.” Can your diet affect how your genes behave?

Yes, it can, according to a field of science known as nutrigenomics.

A bond issue for Springfield Public Schools will be on the April 2 ballot.  The Springfield Board of Education Tuesday night voted unanimously to put the $168 million bond proposal before voters.

It would fund 39 high-priority projects, including secure entrances at 31 schools, a new southwest region early childhood center, renovations at Sunshine and Williams Elementary Schools and Hillcrest High School and new buildings for Jarrett, Boyd and Delaware Schools.  Storm shelter gymnasiums would be included in many of the projects. 

Megan Burke

A report by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration found that contractors were to blame for the collapse of a nearly 1,900-foot communication tower in Fordland in April. One person was killed in the tower collapse.  KOZK, also known as Ozarks Public Television, broadcast its signal from the tower.

Your health can be affected by so many things. Genetics, diet, stress, the people around you - just to name a few.

Dr. Kyler Sherman Wilkins, assistant professor of sociology at Missouri State University, is a social demographer who is interested in the distribution of health in Americans.