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Following community meetings last month, citizens are now invited to take a survey to provide feedback on facility master planning at Springfield Public Schools.

Earlier this year, a team of facility planning experts from MGT of America began working with SPS officials to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the district’s buildings.

It currently has nearly 60 facilities used in a variety of ways to serve the district’s approximately 25,000 students.

(Photo courtesy Springfield Youth Symphony)

The Springfield Youth Symphony is sponsored financially by the Springfield Public Schools and supported by The Friends of the Springfield Youth Symphony, a parent booster organization. Since its founding in 1957, the Springfield Youth Symphony has provided outstanding young musicians with an opportunity to study and perform the standard orchestral repertoire.

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Tonight’s the last meeting to get input on the Springfield Public Schools’ facility master plan.  It starts at 6 at Cherokee Middle School, 420 E. Farm Road 182.

According to the district, the community input, combined with an independent assessment of schools and buildings, will help SPS develop a long-range facility plan, which it says will “create a decision-making road map to ensure all facilities meet the evolving needs of SPS' learners.”

Donna Van Druten

The Springfield Public School District wants to know what you think should be included in a long-range facility plan. 

It’s holding meetings later this month to get feedback as part of the SPS facility master planning process.

The district is working with MGT of America, which SPS officials say has extensive experience in developing facility master plans for educational institutions.

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Intersection and roadway improvements in south Springfield are among the first projects the city will tackle with funds from recently renewed sales taxes.

More than 85 percent of Springfield voters said yes Tuesday to the continuation of the city’s ¼-cent Capital Improvement Sales Tax and the 1/8-cent Transportation Sales Tax.

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Springfield Public School students have just one month and about two weeks left before summer break.  The district says the tentative last day of school is May 19th, and students will be dismissed two hours early that day. 

SPS has used two snow days this year.  April 15th won’t be used as an inclement weather make-up day.  It will be a professional learning/work day for staff, and students will have the day off.  District officials say if there’s any more inclement weather that results in school being canceled the last day will extend beyond May 19th.

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A 2014 study conducted by the Springfield Mayor’s Commission on Human Rights showed that 28 percent of the city’s kids aren’t prepared for kindergarten.  Contributing factors included lack of access to quality health care and early education services and disparities in health and wellness.   

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Winter precipitation in Missouri can halt more than just vehicles. As we’ve again learned this week, schools may often need to cancel classes. Making the decision whether to have school is not as simple as it may seem, says Nixa School District chief communications officer, Zac Rantz.

“Every situation is a little different because the weather is different every time. It’s a lot of factors that go into a decision. We’d love it if it was a yes or no question, but it really is looking at a whole bunch of different factors.”

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Disney Elementary in Springfield is grieving the loss of one of its fourth grade teachers.

"She was very energetic and vivacious, so she was well-known among many of the parents and students at Disney," said Rhonda Mammen, manager of counseling services for Springfield Public Schools.

Extra counselors are at Disney to help students and staff deal with the death of Malori McGhee.

The 24-year-old first-year teacher was killed Saturday in northern Missouri when the vehicle in which she was a passenger slid on icy roads and into the path of a pickup truck.

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“You have four minutes--- you may begin.”

DAY: Geez Louise!

With a nervous and slightly sheepish grin, Kickapoo High School senior Brinn Day guides a homemade prosthetic arm to pick up a red disk and slide it over a wooden pole. The duct taped elbow of the arm she’s using trembles like a leaf on a tree.

DAY: Stop.

JANSEN: You’re doing great!

DAY: My hand’s getting sweaty!

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  The Springfield Board of Education has a new member.  The board announced Tuesday during a special meeting that Jean Twitty will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Francine Pratt.

The term held by Pratt expires in 2021, but Twitty will serve on the board until the next election on April 5th, 2016.  Voters will decide then who will fulfill the remaining five years of Pratt’s term.

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Springfield Public Schools is reporting a five percent increase in its Annual Performance Report issued by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

SPS says overall the district earned 90.4 percent of the maximum number of points possible on APR.

The primary goal of Missouri School Improvement Program (MSIP), the state's accountability system for school districts, is to ensure all students are prepared for success in college and/or careers.

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Springfield Public School students who normally opt for the flu mist over the flu shot will likely be disappointed this year.  KSMU's Michele Skalicky has more.

The district is currently out of the flu mist due to a delay at the site where it's manufactured.

"We were told that the producer, and there's only one company that produces the flu mist vaccine, that it was slow in producing it," said Jean Grabeel, manager of health services for Springfield Public Schools.

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Officials at Portland Elementary School in Springfield are informing parents that a loaded handgun was discovered today in a student’s backpack.  

Principal Josh Holt said in a letter that they have no indication of any threats made to the school or to any individuals in the school.

“Today, two observant students reported seeing a student with something that appeared to be a gun. Upon investigation, a loaded handgun was discovered in a student's backpack,” the letter stated.

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Two graduates of Glendale and one from Kickapoo High School make up Springfield Public Schools’ Hall of Fame Class of 2015.

The selection committee has chosen Steve Edwards, Susan Everett Provance and Dr. Anthony Hlavacek as this year’s inductees.

Edwards and Provance are both graduates of Glendale and currently work in Springfield. Edwards is the is the president and CEO of CoxHealth. Provance is the community recreation administrator for the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, and a retired coach for SPS.

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