Springfield Public Schools

Springfield Public Schools

  The Springfield Board of Education has a new member.  The board announced Tuesday during a special meeting that Jean Twitty will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Francine Pratt.

The term held by Pratt expires in 2021, but Twitty will serve on the board until the next election on April 5th, 2016.  Voters will decide then who will fulfill the remaining five years of Pratt’s term.


Springfield Public Schools is reporting a five percent increase in its Annual Performance Report issued by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

SPS says overall the district earned 90.4 percent of the maximum number of points possible on APR.

The primary goal of Missouri School Improvement Program (MSIP), the state's accountability system for school districts, is to ensure all students are prepared for success in college and/or careers.

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Springfield Public School students who normally opt for the flu mist over the flu shot will likely be disappointed this year.  KSMU's Michele Skalicky has more.

The district is currently out of the flu mist due to a delay at the site where it's manufactured.

"We were told that the producer, and there's only one company that produces the flu mist vaccine, that it was slow in producing it," said Jean Grabeel, manager of health services for Springfield Public Schools.

Portland Elementary School
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Officials at Portland Elementary School in Springfield are informing parents that a loaded handgun was discovered today in a student’s backpack.  

Principal Josh Holt said in a letter that they have no indication of any threats made to the school or to any individuals in the school.

“Today, two observant students reported seeing a student with something that appeared to be a gun. Upon investigation, a loaded handgun was discovered in a student's backpack,” the letter stated.

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Two graduates of Glendale and one from Kickapoo High School make up Springfield Public Schools’ Hall of Fame Class of 2015.

The selection committee has chosen Steve Edwards, Susan Everett Provance and Dr. Anthony Hlavacek as this year’s inductees.

Edwards and Provance are both graduates of Glendale and currently work in Springfield. Edwards is the is the president and CEO of CoxHealth. Provance is the community recreation administrator for the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, and a retired coach for SPS.