Education news and issues in the Ozarks.


Eye on the Community
12:22 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

MSU Provides Car Sharing for Campus, Community

The Zipcars are both Ford Focuses, located on lot 21 behind Hutchens House.
Credit Anna Thomas / KSMU

Missouri State University is launching its Zipcars Friday, a car sharing program available to the school’s students, faculty and even members of the community.

Maxwell Wagner, chief sustainability commissioner of MSU’s Student Government Association, has worked on the initiative for about a year now, submitting proposals to the student body and administration.

He says the need for car sharing was most prominent with students living on campus.

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Education Connection
6:30 am
Fri August 29, 2014

2014 Performance Data for SPS Highlights Bright Spots, Areas for Improvement

Springfield Public Schools-Kraft Administrative Center
Credit Theresa Bettmann / KSMU

Statistics released by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) show Springfield Public Schools scored 85.4 percent overall on the state’s annual performance report. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann breaks down the district’s various category rankings.

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The Education Beat
11:15 am
Wed August 27, 2014

OTC Recognized as One of Nation’s Top 100 Associate Degree Producers

OTC appeared on more lists for the the top 100 rankings than any other college in Missouri.
Credit Kristina Bridges-Templeton

Ozarks Technical Community College was recently recognized as one of the nation’s Top 100 Associate Degree Programs by Community College Week, appearing on more lists than any other college in Missouri. KSMU’s Anna Thomas reports.

Out of about 1,000 community colleges nationwide, OTC ranked 36 for associate degrees awarded. The college has increased its number of associate degrees awarded by 43 percent in the last year.

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3:55 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Drury University Holds Ceremony, Bust Dedication to Honor the Late David Lewis

The bust of David Lewis unveiled Tuesday at Drury University
Julie Greene / KSMU

If you had a million dollars, what would you do with it? It’s an age-old question that often gets a variety of answers. For Ozarks native David Lewis, millions have been pledged on his behalf to area schools. KSMU’s Julie Greene attended a dedication ceremony Tuesday and has this report.

“It will, of course, affect many students and is already impacting students today at Drury. But the David Lewis gift is one that will also impact generations, and for that, we are extremely grateful,” said Dr. Manuel.

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Business Review
3:01 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Menards Buys Former Hickory Hills property for $4 Million

The vacant lot that formerly housed Hickory Hills School has been purchased from Springfield Public Schools by Menards for $4 million.
Credit Scott Harvey / KSMU

A National retailer has agreed to purchase the site of the former Hickory Hills School. Menards will pay Springfield Public Schools $4 million for the lot.

SPS announced the agreement Tuesday. The district says the contract was executed on August 19 upon signature of the buyer, a week after it received approval by the school board during executive session. According to a news release, closing on the property could occur as early as February 2015.

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