Springfield Public Schools

Courtesy of Missy Riley--Director of Early Childhood Education/SPS

This week on Making Democracy Work, host Debbie Good speaks with Missy Riley, director of early childhood education for Springfield Public Schools (SPS).

Today’s discussion explores the impact of quality pre-school education and its generational benefits to families and the broader community.

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.

The first group of projects at Springfield Public Schools, funded with a bond approved by Springfield voters earlier this month, is ready for bids.

School officials say the first set of projects will be to create secure entrances at 31 schools.  The projects are divided into six different bid packages.  The first was released on April 12, the second on April 22 and the remaining four will be released for bid every 10 days. 

Construction on the new entrances will begin this summer and is expected to continue through May 2021. 

Michele Skalicky

New survey results in Springfield are out on kindergarten readiness.  The survey, by the Mayor’s Commission for Children, is done every four years.  A total of 435 surveys were completed by Springfield Public School teachers for a 93.5 percent response rate.  Results showed that, in 2018, 26.1 percent of kindergartners were perceived by their teachers as not prepared to start school.

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