Springfield Public Schools

Michele Skalicky

Teachers have a difficult job:  They’re in charge of a room full of children, with a variety of learning needs, and they’re working to make sure kids learn what they need to learn to move onto the next grade and to do well on standardized tests.  Not only do they have to be effective in helping their students learn, they also must know how to deal with behavior problems and how to meet the emotional needs of the kids in their classrooms.  And poverty can make those problems worse.

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This afternoon we’ll look at arts education and participation among children in economically-disadvantaged circumstances—and how area educators, artists and arts administrators are attempting to counter the problem. 

For Marty Moore, Executive Director of Learning Support and Partnerships for Springfield Public Schools, the problem is that families in poverty always have to make choices about where that money’s going to go. 

"It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out those arts experiences are going to fall to the bottom of that list,” Moore said.

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Voters will decide a bond issue for Springfield Public Schools on April 2.  If Proposition S passes, one of the projects will be to move Boyd Elementary to a new site.  The school district says it has secured an additional 1.68 acres in the Midtown neighborhood to locate the school.

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The Springfield Public Schools Board of Education has extended superintendent, Dr. John Jungmann’s, contract through the 2021-2022 school year.  The decision was made after board members completed the annual performance review of the superintendent.  It’s the fifth contract extension for Jungmann since he began working for SPS in July, 2014.

The board cited several examples of success during his time at the helm of the district including early childhood expansion, collaboration with other school districts and engagement of citizens through the Community Task Force on Facilities.

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Friends of SPS, a new advocacy group, launched this week.  That’s a group of people trying to improve Springfield Public Schools, and their first major effort will be to support “Proposition S” on the April 2nd ballot.

Proposition S is a proposed 18-cent increase to the debt service levy to fund 39 projects. These projects were recommended by a Community Task Force on Facilities last fall.

Projects include renovation, reconstruction, and new Pre-K facilities throughout the district.

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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. 

Talking with SPS about Engaging Youth in Civics

Nov 19, 2018
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This week on Making Democracy Work, host Lisa Langley speaks with Dr. Hope Gallamore, secondary literacy coordinator with Springfield Public Schools. Today’s discussion explores civics education requirement at SPS and how these compare with overall state requirements.

Michele Skalicky

Springfield Public Schools has a new tip line to allow anyone with a concern to more easily share it with school officials.

Tips can be submitted anonymously via text at (417) 319-2901, online or through the MySPS app, and tipsters remain anonymous.

SPS spokesman, Stephen Hall, said the tip line is monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week by school police, so any tip will be promptly investigated.

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The RAP Back program was authorized in the state by Missouri House Bill 1350, which went into effect in late August.  It allows entities that are enrolled to receive ongoing status notifications of new arrests, both in Missouri and in other states, once employees’ fingerprints are in the system.

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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.

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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