Springfield Public Schools, Missouri

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Springfield R-XII Public is a school district in Missouri. It serves about 24,000 students in 36 elementary schools, an intermediate school, 9 middle schools, 5 high schools, the Phelps Center for Gifted Education, and an early childhood center.[1]


The Springfield Public School District's budget is published on its website.[2]

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

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. [3]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes and agendas are posted in Board Docs.[4]
    • Agendas and minutes are archived.
  • Administration
    • Contact information for administrative officials posted on department web pages. [5]
  • Taxes
    • Local tax levy information is posted. [6]
  • Audits
    • Current financial audit is posted.[7]
    • Audits are archived to 2006.
  • Academics
    • Report cards for individual schools are posted. [8]
  • Contracts
    • Current bids and all district contract purchases are posted.[9][10]
    • A list of district purchases is provided for vendors. [11]
  • Public Records
    • Sunshine Law request details are provided.[12]
    • Salary schedule is posted. [13]
    • Code of Ethics is posted. [14]

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.


School Board

The district is governed by a seven member Board of Education. Members are elected to three year terms. The Board meets twice monthly.[15]Current school board members are:[16]

Member Position Term Expires
Dr. Tom Prater President 2014
Jean Twitty Vice-President 2013
Kris Callen Member 2012
Dr. Denise Fredrick Member 2014
Andy Hosmer Member 2012
Bruce Renner Member 2012
Gerry Lee Member 2013

Teacher Contracts

Average teacher salaries are:[17]

Year Average total
year salary
2008 $43,564
2009 $45,008
2010 $43,644
2011 $44,152

Teacher salary schedules can be found here.

Administrative Officials

The current superintendent is Dr. Norm Ridder. Dr. Ridder became superintendent on July 1, 2005 after serving as superintendent of Colorado Springs School District 11 from 2000 to 2005. He has worked as a teacher, coach, principal, and superintendent. The superintendent's current cabinet includes:[18]

Name Position
Dr. Norm Ridder Superintendent
Steve Chodes Chief Financial Officer
Anita Kissinger Associate Superintendent of Educational Services
Marc Maness Community Relations and Strategic Planning Director
Dr. Ben Hackenwerth Associate Superintendent- Elementary
Dr. Justin Herrell Associate Superintendent- Secondary
Parker McKenna Human Resources Director

Average administrator salaries are:[17]

Year Average administrator
2008 $77,744
2009 $79,831
2010 $77,347
2011 $77,818


Employees are represented by the Springfield NEA, an affiliate of the Missouri National Education Association.[19]

Academic performance

The district's 2011 graduation rate was 82.8%, below the state average of 86.7%. The dropout rate was 2.7%. 43.2% of 2011 graduates entered a four year university or college, while 31.6% entered a two year college, and 3.7% entered a postsecondary technical institution.[17]

The district met one of four overall No Child Left Behind target statuses. The attendance rate target was met, but targets in graduation rate, communication arts, and mathematics were not.[17]

62.24% of graduates took the ACT with a composite score of 22.90.[17]


In 2012-2013, the district will launch its next five year strategic plan. The new strategic plan's scorecard will measure: student preparation (student engagement, academic achievement, academic rigor and expectations, post-graduate readiness), effective use of resources (market competitiveness, resources support classrooms, safe and healthy school environment, learning environment), and teacher support (professional development, administrative support, instructional time, community support).[20]

Public records

The school board contested that its finance committee didn't need to comply with the Sunshine Law or Meeting Notices Law because it's not an "official standing committee." However, the finance committee is compromised of board members and has been meeting regularly for the past 8 years.[21]

A Missouri Newspaper, the News-Leader requested copies of the committee's meeting agendas and minutes. The school doesn't keep them. Up until recently, the school board didn't even post when the meetings were going to occur. And when people raised questions about the meetings, the school board chose to suspend the committees meetings.

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