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Springfield Public Schools, Missouri
|Springfield Public Schools|
|Superintendent:||Dr. Norman Ridder|
|Number of schools:||51|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Kris Callen|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in Springfield Public Schools
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Issues
- 9 Website evaluation
- 10 Contact information
- 11 See also
- 12 External links
- 13 References
About the districtMissouri 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.
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.
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. 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. His 2012-2013 base salary was $159,333.
The Springfield School Board consists of seven members who are elected at-large to three-year terms.
|Mehlville School Board|
|Dr. Denise Fredrick||Vice President||2014|
|Dr. Tom Prater||Member||2014|
School board elections
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. 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:
|“||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.
The Springfield Public School District's budget is published on its website.
|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|
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:
|Degree level||Minimum salary ($)||Maximum salary ($)|
|B.A. + 15||35,110||44,206|
|MA + 30||40,702||60,790|
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:
|Year||Enrollment||Year-to-year change (%)|
Springfield Public Schools operates 51 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Springfield Public Schools|
|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|
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.
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.
|Transparency grading process|
Last rated on March 28, 2012.
- 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.
- Meeting minutes and agendas are posted in Board Docs.
- Agendas and minutes are archived.
- Contact information for administrative officials posted on department web pages.
- Local tax levy information is posted.
- Current financial audit is posted.
- Audits are archived to 2006.
- Report cards for individual schools are posted.
- Public Records
- 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.
- Awarded bids are not posted.
- Employee contract terms are not posted.
- Background Check
- Background check procedures are not posted.
- School board elections portal
- Springfield Public Schools elections (2014)
- Missouri school districts
- List of school districts in Missouri
- Springfield Public Schools, "Budget," accessed December 3, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Greene County, Missouri," accessed February 3, 2014
- Missouri Secretary of State, "Missouri Election Results," accessed January 23, 2015
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Springfield Public Schools, "Superintendent announces 2013-2014 school year will be last at SPS," accessed February 5, 2014
- Springfield Public Schools, "Superintendent asks board to not extend his contract," accessed February 5, 2014
- Springfield Public Schools, "Board of Education," accessed February 5, 2014
- Austin Robertson, KTTS, "No Need For Springfield School Board Election This April," January 26, 2014
- Springfield Public Schools, "Public Participation at Board Meetings," accessed February 4, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Springfield Public Schools, "2013-2014 Teacher Salary Schedule," accessed February 5, 2014 (dead link)
- Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, "K-12 Enrollment: Springfield Public Schools," accessed February 5, 2014
- Springfield Public Schools, "Schools," accessed February 5, 2014
- Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, "State Assessment," accessed July 8, 2014
- University of Missouri, "Burlison v. Springfield Public Schools," accessed February 4, 2013
- Mark Walsh, Education Week, "Appeals Court Upholds Dog-Sniff of Student Backpack," March 4, 2013
- Elected Officials
- Tax Levy
- School Report Cards
- District Purchases
- District purchases
- Sunshine Law Requests
- Salary Schedule
- Ethics Code