Springfield Public Schools

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.

A Hillcrest High School teacher has been named Springfield Public Schools 2019-2020 Teacher of the Year. 

Courtney Dameron, who teaches family and consumer sciences, received the award during the Teacher Appreciation Banquet Monday.  She was one of five finalists selected from 171 nominations.

Dameron said she believes in engaging curriculum that benefits a student for life.  And she said she does her best to create meaningful relationships with her students and to respect them as the young adults they are.

Courtesy of Rhonda Mammen

This week on Making Democracy Work, host Lisa Langley speaks with Rhonda Mammen, director of counseling services at Springfield Public Schools.

Today’s discussion explores growing mental health concerns in area youth and how SPS is partnering with Burrell to address those needs in the school.