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Springfield Public Schools
Springfield, Missouri
Springfield Public Schools logo.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. Norman Ridder
Enrollment:24,352 students
Number of schools:51
Budget: $243.9 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Kris Callen
Board members:7
Term length:3
Springfield Public Schools is a school district in Missouri that serves the city of Springfield. It is the second-largest school district in Missouri, serving 24,352 students in 28 schools with an operating budget of $247.9 million.[1]

About the district

Springfield Public Schools is located in Greene County, Mo.
Springfield Public Schools is located in south-west Missouri in Greene County. The county seat of Greene County is Springfield. Greene County is home to 283,870 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[2]


Greene County outperformed the rest of Missouri in terms of higher education achievement in 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that 28.3 percent of Greene County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.2 percent for Missouri as a whole. The median household income in Greene County was $40,337 compared to $47,380 for the state of Missouri. The poverty rate in Greene County was 18.7 percent compared to 15.5 percent for the entire state.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2013[2]
Race Greene County (%) Missouri (%)
White 91.5 83.7
Black or African American 3.2 11.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.7 0.5
Asian 1.8 1.8
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 2.6 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 3.3 3.9

Presidential Voting Pattern, Greene County[3]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 46,219 76,900
2008 56,181 77,683
2004 46,657 77,885
2000 41,091 59,178

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[4] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.


The current superintendent of Springfield Public Schools is Dr. Norman Ridder, who was appointed to the position in July 2005. He announced that the 2013-2014 would be the last of his nine-year tenure as superintendent, even though his contract goes through 2015.[5] His 2012-2013 base salary was $159,333.[6]

School board

The Springfield School Board consists of seven members who are elected at-large to three-year terms.[7]

Mehlville School Board
Member Position Term Ends
Kris Callen President 2015
Dr. Denise Fredrick Vice President 2014
Annie Busch Member 2016
Andy Hosmer Member 2015
Gerry Lee Member 2016
Dr. Tom Prater Member 2014
Bruce Renner Member 2015

School board elections

See also: Springfield Public Schools elections (2014)

Members of the Springfield School Board are elected at-large to three-year terms. Two seats were up for election in April 2013; Board members Annie Busch and Gerry Lee were elected to the board. Two seats were scheduled to be up for election on April 8, 2014, however the district canceled the election since only two candidates had enough signatures to get onto the ballot.[8] Three seats will be up for election in April 2015.

Public participation in board meetings

The Springfield School Board maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:[9]

All regular and special meetings of the Board of Education shall be open to the public, except when closed in accordance with the Missouri Open Meetings and Open Records statute, Section 610.010, et seq., R.S.Mo. The Board is eager to increase attendance at Board meetings so that the public may become better acquainted with the operations and programs of the District and so that the ideas and wishes of the public can be heard.

A time for the public to be heard is provided during the agenda. The Board invites citizens wishing to speak to call the Secretary of the Board so that their names may be included on the agenda and to facilitate meeting planning, however, this is not required. The Board reserves the right to limit the time available for speakers.[10]


The Springfield Public School District's budget is published on its website.[1]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2010-2011 $180,576,000 76.9% $0 0% $30,582,000 13% $13,828,000 5.9% $1,550,000 0.7% $234,714,000
2011-2012 $185,673,000 76.1% $0 0% $32,607,000 13.4% $12,371,000 5.1% $1,405,000 0.6% $243,980,000
Averages: $183,124,500 77% $0 0% $31,594,500 13% $13,099,500 5% $1,477,500 1% $239,347,000

Teacher salaries

Teachers in Springfield Public Schools earn annual salaries based on years on the job as well as educational achievement. The salary schedule accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table details the salary schedule for the 2013-2014 school year:[11]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 34,088 43,207
B.A. + 15 35,110 44,206
MA 38,364 59,916
MA + 30 40,702 60,790
Specialist 40,908 62,279
Doctorate 41,112 64,240

Schools in Springfield Public Schools


Springfield Public Schools serves 24,352 students, as of 2011-2012 enrollment data. The district experienced a 0.4% increase in enrollment between 2007 and 2012. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2007 and 2012:[12]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2007 24,257 -
2008 23,802 -1.9
2009 23,959 0.7
2010 23,960 0.004
2011 24,102 0.6
2012 24,352 1.0

District schools

Springfield Public Schools operates 51 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[13]

Springfield Public Schools
School Name
Bingham Elementary School
Bissett Elementary School
Bowerman Elementary School
Boyd Elementary School
Campbell Elementary School
Carver Middle School
Central High School
Cherokee Middle School
Cowden Elementary School
Delaware Elementary School
Disney Elementary School
Field Elementary School
Fremont Elementary School
Glendale High School
Gray Elementary School
Harrison Elementary School
Hickory HIlls Elementary School
Hickory Hills Middle School
Hillcrest High School
Holland Elementary School
Horace Mann Elementary School
Jarrett Middle School
Jeffries Elementary School
Kickapoo High School
McBride Elementary School
McGregor Elementary School
Parkview High School
Pershing Elementary School
Pershing Middle School
Pipkin Middle School
Pittman Elementary School
Pleasant View Elementary School
Pleasant View Middle School
Portland Elementary School
Reed Middle School
Robberson Elementary School
Rountree Elementary School
Sequiota Elementary School
Sherwood Elementary School
Sunshine Elementary School
Truman Elementary School
Twain Elementary School
Watkins Elementary School
Weaver Elementary School
Weller Elementary School
Westport Elementary School
Westport Middle School
Wilder Elementary School
Williams Elementary School
Wilson's Creek 5-6 School
York Elementary School

Academic performance

For the 2012-2013 school year, Springfield Public Schools students earned an average Missouri Assessment Program index score of 349. Students scored highest in English language arts with an index score of 359.5, but they scored lowest in social studies with an index score of 326.5. The district's average MAP index score ranked 221 out of the 469 Missouri school districts that reported scores for all four tested subject areas.[14]


Burlison v. Springfield Public Schools

In April 2010, drug dogs were used at Central High School when officials were concerned over pervasive drug use. Freshman student C.M. Burlison, along with his parents, filed a lawsuit against the district, alleging that his backpack illegally seized and searched. In March 2013, the district eventually ruled in favor of the district, stating that the process used was reasonable and not an infringement of rights.[15][16]

Budget N
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Elected Officials P
Administrative Officials
Contracts P
Public Records
Background Checks N
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Transparency grading process

Website evaluation

See also: Evaluation of Missouri school district websites

Last rated on March 28, 2012.

The good

  • Elected Officials
    • Some contact information for elected officials is posted, including brief biographic information and telephone numbers. A single email address is included for the board.[17]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes and agendas are posted in Board Docs.[18]
    • Agendas and minutes are archived.
  • Administration
    • Contact information for administrative officials posted on department web pages.[19]
  • Taxes
    • Local tax levy information is posted.[20]
  • Audits
    • Current financial audit is posted.[21]
    • Audits are archived to 2006.
  • Academics
    • Report cards for individual schools are posted.[22]
  • Contracts
    • Current bids and all district contract purchases are posted.[23][24]
    • A list of district purchases is provided for vendors.[25]
  • Public Records
    • Sunshine Law request details are provided.[26]
    • Salary schedule is posted.[27]
    • Code of Ethics is posted.[28]

The bad

  • Budget
    • Current budget is not posted.
    • Budgets are not archived for at least three years.
  • Elected Officials
    • Individual email addresses are not posted for members of the board of education.
  • Contracts
    • Awarded bids are not posted.
    • Employee contract terms are not posted.
  • Background Check
    • Background check procedures are not posted.

Contact information

Springfield Public Schools logo.jpg
Springfield School Board
1359 E. St. Louis Street
Springfield, Missouri 65802
Phone: (417) 523-0000

See also

External links

Suggest a link


  1. 1.0 1.1 Springfield Public Schools, "Budget," accessed December 3, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 United States Census Bureau, "Greene County, Missouri," accessed February 3, 2014
  3. Missouri Secretary of State, "Missouri Election Results," accessed January 23, 2015
  4. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  5. Springfield Public Schools, "Superintendent announces 2013-2014 school year will be last at SPS," accessed February 5, 2014
  6. Springfield Public Schools, "Superintendent asks board to not extend his contract," accessed February 5, 2014
  7. Springfield Public Schools, "Board of Education," accessed February 5, 2014
  8. Austin Robertson, KTTS, "No Need For Springfield School Board Election This April," January 26, 2014
  9. Springfield Public Schools, "Public Participation at Board Meetings," accessed February 4, 2014
  10. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  11. Springfield Public Schools, "2013-2014 Teacher Salary Schedule," accessed February 5, 2014 (dead link)
  12. Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, "K-12 Enrollment: Springfield Public Schools," accessed February 5, 2014
  13. Springfield Public Schools, "Schools," accessed February 5, 2014
  14. Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, "State Assessment," accessed July 8, 2014
  15. University of Missouri, "Burlison v. Springfield Public Schools," accessed February 4, 2013
  16. Mark Walsh, Education Week, "Appeals Court Upholds Dog-Sniff of Student Backpack," March 4, 2013
  17. Elected Officials
  18. Agendas
  19. Administration
  20. Tax Levy
  21. Audit
  22. School Report Cards
  23. Bids
  24. District Purchases
  25. District purchases
  26. Sunshine Law Requests
  27. Salary Schedule
  28. Ethics Code