Central High School

Michele Skalicky

Dr. Shane Dublin, executive director of secondary learning for Springfield Public Schools, said hiring someone on an interim basis to lead a school while a permanent principal is found has been done before. 

In fact, Central High School, where two retired SPS leaders will lead for the 2019-2020 school year, had an interim principal a few years ago, he said.

Judy Brunner will serve as the interim lead and Steve Seal will be interim principal while the search for a permanent replacement for Dr. Lisa Anderson is conducted.

Michele Skalicky

Two veteran administrators in the Springfield Public School District will share the principal role at Central High School in an interim capacity this summer through the end of next school year.

According to SPS, Judy Brunner will serve as interim lead principal, and Stephen Seal will serve as interim principal effective July 1.  They’ll each work on a part-time basis.

Dr. Shane Dublin, executive director of secondary education for SPS, says the recruitment process for a permanent replacement for Central principal, Dr. Lisa Anderson, is ongoing.

City of Springfield

Central High School parents were notified by the school’s principal late this morning about an incident that happened earlier today.

Principal, Lisa Anderson, said Central staff were alerted by students about the possibility of a student with a weapon. 

She said administrators responded immediately and questioned the student.  A BB gun was located and was confiscated by school police.  School officials say it wasn’t loaded and was not presented in a threatening manner.  No one was harmed.

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

A school building in Springfield has received a special distinction.  Architectural Digest chose Central High School to represent Missouri in its online article, “The Most Beautiful Public High School in Every State in America.”

Central is a mix of old and new.  The original building, constructed in 1893, is still in use, but there have been new additions over the years—the latest in 1999.

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