Springfield Public Schools

MAP Scores Mixed for Southwest Missouri Schools

Aug 18, 2015
Nixa Public Schools

Results are in for this year’s Missouri Assessment Program (MAP), and some local school districts have reason to celebrate. Both Ozark and Nixa scored above the state average in all categories, which include English, math, science, and social studies.

Dr. Stephen Kleinsmith is the superintendent of Nixa Public Schools.

“Nixa has been very fortunate to do quite well on their assessments and high stakes testing, so much so that we have ranked number one in the conference for going on 16 years in a row,” says Kleinsmith

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The new school year is underway in Springfield—the R-12 School District resumed class this morning after summer break.  KSMU’s Michele Skalicky was at the new Sherwood Elementary as the doors opened to students and has this report.

The area in front of Sherwood Elementary on S. Golden in Springfield was filled with children and their parents just before doors opened for class for the first time at the new building.  There were lots of pictures being taken and also lots of hugs.

Parent to child:  “I love you, you be good.”

How to Safely Navigate the Back to School Traffic

Aug 12, 2015
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With classes resuming this week around the region, school safety officials are asking drivers to prepare for an increase in pedestrian and vehicle traffic.

School zones can be dangerous places, says Chad McConnell, director of School Police Services for Nixa Public Schools, where classes started today.

“Like today, I was traveling in front of the high school, and I observed a skateboarder going right down the middle of Nicholas road. That’s just an accident waiting to happen.”

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Free immunization clinics are continuing this week at Springfield public schools.  Clinics are being held from 9 am to 12:30 pm at SPS high schools and will continue through Thursday (8/6).  They’re designed to make sure students’ immunizations are up to date before school starts on the 13th.

Students who require immunizations should have received a letter from the school district in mid-July.  Anyone who wants to have their child immunized at the free clinics need to make an appointment by calling 523-1632.

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Debbie Good talks with Allison Pilley, director of curriculum, instruction and assessment for  Springfield Public Schools, about Common Core Standards.

According to Pilley, the Common  Core Standards were developed through a collaboration of U.S. governors and with the chiefs of schools.  The goal was to set high academic standards for students in English/language arts and in mathematics, she said.

According to Pilley, when Common Core was adopted in Missouri in 2010, the state's districts had to make sure their local standards aligned with Common Core.

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Springfield Public Schools needs employees in the areas of custodial, nutrition services, transportation and building services.  It’s holding a career fair today from 10 to 2 for anyone interested in applying.  The event will be held in the Central High School Commons Area at 423 E. Central.  SPS representatives will be at the fair to talk to job applicants, answer questions and help with the online application process.  Interested applicants can apply online here.  There’s a full list of job openings at that site.


The Springfield Board of Education has adopted the budget for the 2015-2016 school year.  The budget contains $6.2 million in proposed salary and benefit increases, which includes funds to hire six new teachers for the Parents as Teachers program.  It also includes funding for the IGNiTE technology device initiative.  Through that program, K through two classrooms will each get five iPad Mini tablets.  All students in grades 3-8 will get Chromebooks.  Staff will receive HPx2 1011 mobile devices.  Only select classrooms will take part the first year.  According to the district, "staff devic

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During the school year, over half of the students in Springfield Public Schools are on free or reduced lunch. To combat childhood hunger when school lets out for the summer, SPS along with Ozarks Food Harvest provide  various programs offering food to those in need.

“Food insecurity has been identified by our community as a major issue that we want to focus on.”

That’s Teresa Bledsoe of Springfield Public Schools. She explains that 21 school buildings offer free meals in the summer, and not just to those attending summer school.


In this edition of Making Democracy Work, Lisa Langley talks with Springfield Public Schools superintendent, Dr. John Jungmann, about what's happening in the district.

Dr. Jungmann says the summer school program has undergone changes this year.  Nearly 8500 students are participating this year--a significant increase--and transportation was offered to summer classes.  The changes are part of a strategic plan developed with feedback from community members.

Dr. John Jungmann
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The Springfield Public Schools Board of Education is opposed to the state’s new student transfer law.

Fremont School

As students from one Springfield elementary move to a new school this fall, students from another elementary will move to the vacated building.  Fremont Elementary will relocate to the old Sherwood Elementary, 1813 S. Scenic, for the new school year as Fremont's building undergoes construction.  Sherwood students and staff will move to their new building on S. Golden in August.

The Springfield School District says bus transportation will be provided for all Fremont students to the new site. 

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Springfield Public Schools welcomes new members Jill Patterson and Francine Pratt to its Board of Education tonight. Bruce Renner, who was first elected in 1994, will also be sworn in.

All three were elected in last Tuesday’s election out of a five-candidate field.

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While a large focus for Springfield voters was on Question 1, citizens also re-elected Mayor Bob Stephens on Tuesday night, and welcomed four new members to City Council.

Stephens, who has been mayor since 2012, defeated challenger Steven Reed with 64 percent of the vote.

He’ll be accompanied by newcomers Mike Schilling for Zone 3, Justin Burnett for Zone 2, Kristi Fulnecky for General Seat C, and Ken McClure for General Seat D.

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The last day of class for Springfield Public School students is expected to be May 20th for all schools except Robberson Community School.  The district set that tentative date Wednesday.  Students will be dismissed two hours early on the last day of school.

Springfield Public Schools has used three snow days this year.  If there are more days lost due to inclement weather, that date will be adjusted.

Springfield Public Schools

Springfield Public Schools has named new officials to lead its special programs and athletics departments.

This past week the district announced it has hired Phyllis Wolfram to serve as executive director of special programs and Randy Stange to the athletic director’s role.  

Wolfram will oversee SPS special services, gifted education, federal programs, early childhood, compliance and English Language Learner services. Her annual salary will be $126,861.