Nixa Public Schools

Dr. Stephen Kleinsmith
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Nixa Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Stephen Kleinsmith is this year’s Superintendent of the Year, named by the Missouri Association of School Administrators.

The honor was announced during the MASA’s annual fall conference over the weekend in Osage Beach.

Kleinsmith, who is retiring next spring, is in his 18th year as Nixa Public Schools' top administrator.

In a news release, the district notes Kleinsmith has built strong and trusting relationships with the Nixa community.

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Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens’ proposed budget invests more in K-12 education while slashing hundreds of million in other areas.

The first budget for the newly sworn-in Republican governor was unveiled before a crowd at the Early Childhood Center in Nixa, where he pledged $5.95 billion in revenue for elementary and secondary education.

“There will be more money through gaming funds, federal funds and state funds into K-12 education. It’s a total increase of 4.1 percent,” said Greitens.  

Dr. Stephen Kleinsmith
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When Dr. Stephen Kleinsmith was informed of the superintendent’s vacancy at Nixa Public Schools in 2000, he initially didn’t show much interest.

The Iowa native was at the time assistant superintendent at Millard Public Schools outside of Omaha, Nebraska. When his sister and sister-in-law, both of whom lived in nearby Springfield, informed him of the opening at Nixa, “I thought they said Hixa,” Kleinsmith said.

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The number of Federal Emergency Management Agency safe rooms in Missouri has more than doubled since an EF5 tornado hit Joplin in 2011. According to the State Emergency Management Agency, 72 FEMA safe rooms were completed across the state between 2012 and February of this year.

John Thomas School of Discovery
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The John Thomas School of Discovery was started in Nixa three years ago to serve as a STEAM-focused (STEM with the addition of the Arts) environment.

Dr. Josh Chastain was the first principal of the school and served in that role for three years. He comes to us to discuss the importance of the integration of STEAM into the elementary schools and also the initiative to focus the curriculum on inquiry-based learning.

In his remarks he makes it clear that “The ultimate goal for our kids is to be exceptional learners.”