Education

Education news and issues in the Ozarks.

There are more than 60 facilities in the Springfield Public Schools' system, with the average age of those buildings 48 years. So every little bit helps when it comes to updating existing infrastructure. On Monday, school administrators applauded the recent donation of a local church for safety and security upgrades. KSMU’s Scott Harvey was there. 

Months after thousands of dollars in missing funds were discovered and then a subsequent investigation found even more stolen from the Missouri State University Bookstore, a number of corrective actions have been taken to avoid a similar occurrence. KSMU’s Scott Harvey spoke with MSU President Clif Smart and has this story.

In an active shooter situation, one person is killed an estimated every 15 seconds. And data shows that during a lockdown, instructing students to get under their desks or huddle toward the back of the classroom isn’t the safest way. On Thursday, students at Drury University in Springfield were introduced to the “Run, Hide, and Fight” strategy. KSMU’s Scott Harvey was there.

[Sound: Air horn]

Those are simulated gun shots.

[Sound: Mock intruder enters classroom]

It was a nail biting finish to the Drury University and Metro State National Championship game Sunday. KSMU’s Scott Harvey reports.

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With severe weather season on the horizon, education administrators are among the officials analyzing current procedures ahead of any potential storms.

At Missouri State University, those who sign up for the school’s notification system will be alerted of, among other things, inclement weather which could affect university operations. The practice is not uncommon these days, with smartphones offering immediate and advanced notifications.

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