Education

Education news and issues in the Ozarks.

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Missouri State University-West Plains will have a new chancellor as of June 1.

The new chancellor is no stranger to higher education in the Ozarks. Dr. Shirley Lawler will take over the position following the retirement of outgoing chancellor, Dr. Drew Bennett.

Lawler will be the first woman to lead the Missouri State University-West Plains campus, according to a release from MSU.

In the Midtown neighborhood of Springfield, the Ujima literacy program is helping to improve children’s literacy.

Ujima, a Swahili word that means collective work and responsibility, is an effort made possible by several organizations. They include Missouri State University, Springfield Public Schools, Springfield NAACP, Springfield-Greene County Library, Parents as Teachers and the Bartley-Decatur Neighborhood Center.

Megan Burke

One person is dead after a 1,980-foot television transmission tower collapsed Thursday morning in Fordland.

The tower belongs to KOZK, the PBS affiliate station in Springfield, which is under the same management as KSMU Radio.  KSMU does not broadcast from the Fordland tower. 

Logan-Rogersville assistant fire chief, Robert Talburt, said six people were working on the tower at about 105 feet in the air at the time of the collapse.

According to Talburt, three people were transported from the scene to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.

Michele Skalicky

Campbell Elementary will close at the end of this school year and will re-open as an interim early childhood education center and Parents as Teachers hub in center city.

The Springfield Board of Education made the decision Tuesday to consolidate Campbell and McGregor Elementary schools.

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The line worker training program , which will debut this fall at Ozarks Technical Community College Lebanon Center, will lead to an Associate of Applied Science in Electrical Distribution Systems. 

Local electric companies, private donors and the college partnered to develop the curriculum and secure needed equipment.    

OTC Chancellor Dr. Hal Higdon said this is another example of how the college aligns its degrees and curriculum with community and industry needs. 

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