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Leslie Carrier talks with new Springfield Public Schools superintendent Dr. John Jungmann.

Dr. Jungmann wants to learn the public's opinions on which direction Springfield Public Schools should be going, so he's holding listening posts.  Two have already been held.  Others are planned for 9/17 at 3 pm at the Brentwood Library and 9/19 at 8:30 am at the Library Station.

In this Making Democracy Work segment, Dr. Jungmann discusses his views on the Common Core Standards, Springfield Public School students' performance on the MAP tests and the future of SPS.

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With the start of a new school year comes a renewed commitment to education from the local community. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann reports on the latest installment of grants awarded to Springfield Public Schools.

The $325,663 awarded in grants to over 50 schools within the district will fund updates in classroom technology, money for academic field trips, fund school-wide reading programs and additional support for science, math and technology.  Jana Bachus is the executive director for Foundation for Springfield Public Schools.

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A Springfield Public Schools official says “no deliberate threat” is evident from a Friday morning incident in which a gun inadvertently discharged inside a student’s backpack.

Update: 5:19 p.m. Friday:

Police Spokeswoman Lisa Cox says that 17-year-old Skye Tanski has been arrested in connection to the incident. Tanski has been booked into the jail and will be released. Cox says that charges will be presented to the prosecutor when the investigation is completed, and noted that more arrests are possible.

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Statistics released by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) show Springfield Public Schools scored 85.4 percent overall on the state’s annual performance report. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann breaks down the district’s various category rankings.

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A National retailer has agreed to purchase the site of the former Hickory Hills School. Menards will pay Springfield Public Schools $4 million for the lot.

SPS announced the agreement Tuesday. The district says the contract was executed on August 19 upon signature of the buyer, a week after it received approval by the school board during executive session. According to a news release, closing on the property could occur as early as February 2015.


The Springfield Public School District has released ACT results for its 2014 graduating class.  In a news release, the district says its seniors last school year exceeded state and national averages on the ACT exam.  Springfield's average composite score was 22.4 compared with Missouri's average of 21,8 and a national average of 21.0.

The ACT consists of curriculum-based tests in English, math, reading and science designed to measure skills needed to succeed in first-year college coursework.

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Three Springfield Public School District campuses dismissed as usual Thursday afternoon, shortly after a lockdown earlier in the day was lifted.

The move was a precautionary measure as officials with the Greene County Sheriff’s office and other law enforcement searched for a federal fugitive who had been spotted in the 3100 block of W. Roxbury in southwest Springfield.

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Update: 11:15 a.m. 8-16-14: Suspect apprehended.

The Greene County Sheriff's office confirmed Friday that deputies took Orrick into custody after receiving an anonymous tip, leading them to a home in the 2900 block of W Village Drive in southwest Springfield. He was arrested without incident.  

Update: 1:51 p.m. 8-14-14: Schools told to release lockdowns.

The Greene County Sheriff's Office announced that it has advised Springfield Public Schools to release the lockdowns of the three district campuses.

School Zone Safety Checklist: Are You Prepared?

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Classes have resumed at schools throughout the Ozarks, inviting reminders for everyone to be alert, especially around school zones, playgrounds and bike paths. KSMU’s Alissa Zhu has more.

Lazy summer days have become mere memories as hordes of students drive, bike, bus or walk to school during rush hour in the mornings and early afternoons.

“I just encourage everybody to slow down.”

Tom Tucker is the director of police services for Springfield Public Schools, which opened Tuesday.

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During a State of the Schools address today, new Springfield Schools Superintendent Dr. John Jungmann outlined the top ten things he’s learned so far about the district.  Jungmann has been on the job since July 1st.  KSMU’s Michele Skalicky has more.

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This July is finally starting to feel like a typical Ozarks summer, but before long, students will be donning backpacks and heading back to school.  One thing they’ll need to do to prepare is get up to date on their vaccinations.  To help with that, the Springfield Public Schools District is holding immunization clinics at all five city high schools.  KSMU’s Michele Skalicky has more.

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More than 100 years after Sherwood Elementary was first built as a one-room school house; officials with Springfield Public Schools broke ground for a new elementary building that will function as part of the Springfield Boys and Girls Club.

The partnership between Sherwood and the Boys and Girls Club, the first of its kind in Missouri, allows for many shared spaces such as the gymnasium, cafeteria, and computer lab. 

The new $14.2 million elementary school will be located on South Golden Avenue, south of Horton Smith Golf Course.

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Officials with Springfield Public Schools are looking to fill roughly 65 vacancies as part of a job fair this Monday at Central High School. KSMU’s Anna Thomas has more.

This is the first job fair for class 5 departments within the Springfield Public School District, giving the opportunity for individuals to apply for positions in maintenance, transportation, custodial and nutritional services.

Shane Wagoner is the employment and labor relations manager for the district.

As severe weather season heats up, local entities are teaming with Springfield Public Schools to equip every classroom in the district with emergency preparedness kits. KSMU’s Scott Harvey has more.

More than $45,000 was gifted to the Springfield Public Schools Emergency Preparedness Initiative on Thursday during the latest Good Morning, Springfield! session at the American Red Cross Southern Missouri regional headquarters.

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By a unanimous vote Tuesday, the Springfield Board of Education has hired Dr. John Jungmann to lead the district.

Jungmann was the top finalist to succeed Dr. Norm Ridder, who is retiring this spring after nine years as superintendent. Jungmann, who now heads the Liberty School District near Kansas City, will begin his duties in Springfield on July 1.

The Board of Education is now in the process of negotiating the terms of Jungmann’s employment, including salary.