Springfield Public Schools

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Nearly 17 percent of Greene County students grades six-12 considered attempting suicide within the past year. That’s according to a student survey conducted by Missouri Department of Mental Health.

And officials say the threat of suicide has been on the rise.

Michele Skalicky

Teachers at Truman Elementary look forward each day to a visit by Chase Obrey, a fifth grader in one of the school’s two special needs classrooms.

Chase, who is on the autism spectrum, is the main operator of the Rolling Café, which sells snacks and drinks in the morning and afternoon.  He’s been on the job for two years.

He takes the cart around, serves the teachers, puts money in the cash register and counts and gives back change.

Virgil Hill
Ryan Welch / KSMU

While it appears the measure won the popular vote, Proposition SPS did not pass after failing to receive the required four-sevenths majority Tuesday.

Springfield Public Schools was seeking approval of a $189 million bond to move forward with phase 1 of its Facility Master Plan. But needing 57.1 percent to pass, the measure fell more than 6 points short. With 97 percent of precincts reporting early Wednesday, only 50.99 percent of voters had said “yes” to the proposal.

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Major educational changes are before voters living in the boundaries of the Springfield school district. Proposition SPS seeks approval of a $189 million bond proposal that emerged from the district’s Facility Master Plan.

Peter Batemon

This week on Making Democracy Work host Debbie Good speaks with Dr. John Jungmann, Superintendent of Springfield Public Schools, and Fred Ellison, Deputy Treasurer and Co-Founder of Save R-12 School Committee.

Listen in as Debbie speaks with both sides of this upcoming bond issue to get a comprehensive look at the issue. Both sides give their view on the bond issue to help inform voters for the upcoming election on April 4th.

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