Springfield Public Schools

Dr. John Jungmann
Scott Harvey / KSMU

The Springfield Public Schools Board of Education has extended Superintendent Dr. John Jungmann’s contract through the 2019-2020 school year.

The announcement on Friday came following the board’s annual review of the district leader, conducted on Tuesday. It’s the third time the board has extended his contract since hiring Jungmann on July 1, 2014.


A student at Springfield’s Bissett Elementary was sent home Tuesday after exhibiting symptoms of mumps.  The Springfield-Greene County Health Department confirmed the illness Wednesday.

In a letter sent to parents, the Springfield Public School District attached a mumps fact sheet and said children should be monitored for symptoms. 

Theresa Bettmann

Springfield voters will be asked this spring to approve a $189 million bond proposal to make school improvements identified as critical in Springfield Public Schools' Facility Master Plan. The Springfield school board has voted unanimously to place the request on the April 4 ballot to fund projects in 19 schools and expand space for early childhood education programs.  

Tuesday’s decision follows a 12-month process that evaluated all schools and identified needed improvements.

Ozarks Food Harvest

A food fight involving 20 schools in the Springfield Public Schools system, will mean relief for those experiencing hunger in the Ozarks.

The schools partnered with 13 organizations for the sixth annual competition to benefit Ozarks Food Harvest. When the “fight” was over, more than 19,000 pounds of food was collected along with a little more than $2500 for the food bank.  Ozarks Food Harvest says that will provide 28,000 meals to people in need this holiday season. 

Homelessness and Our Youth
Danisha Hogue / KSMU

The Springfield area has a high count of youth experiencing homelessness, with 70 percent of homeless youth between the ages of 17-18. It was among the statistics discussed Thursday before roughly 50 people at the Springfield Art Museum.

According to the 2016 Homeless and at risk Survey Report, the majority of homeless youth are white and identify the city as their home town.

A showing of Hillcrest High School’s 2013 documentary Homelessness in the Heartland set the tone for Thursday evening’s post-video discussion.