April 2015 Municipal Election

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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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The city of Springfield will honor its four outgoing council members during a reception this afternoon.

The public is invited to the event, which will include Doug Burlison, Mike Carroll, Cindy Rushefsky and Jerry Compton.

Compton was the only incumbent to seek re-election last Tuesday, but was unseated by Mike Schilling. Burilson, Carroll and Rushefsky did not seek another term, and will be succeeded by Justin Burnett, Kristi Fulnecky, and Ken McClure.

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Nearly a thousand Springfield residents and concerned citizens participated in a demonstration Friday night in response to the successful repeal of the city’s sexual orientation and gender identity ordinance.

Amongst the chanting, preaching and frustration rested a twinge of hope as both sides discussed the future of LGBT residents’ protections.

Caleb Hearon, a Missouri State University student, helped organized the demonstration.

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Voters in the Bradleyville School District said yes to a tax levy increase.  The money will be used for repairs and maintenance at schools, for staffing and for operating expenses.

A measure to allow the Fordland School District to raise its tax levy for a new early childhood center was approved.  The center will also serve as a FEMA storm shelter for the community.

A bond issue for Neosho Schools was approved by voters Tuesday.  Neosho plans to build a new junior high school.

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Nearly 61 percent of voters in Taney County said yes to the Branson School District joining Ozarks Technical Community College.

That means that OTC tuition for Branson students, which is now considered in-district, will be reduced to $95 per credit hour. In turn, the owner of a $100,000 home in Branson will pay an additional $36 per year.

The annexation of the Branson School District also allows OTC to expand its number of course offerings, according to OTC Table Rock Campus President Cliff Davis.