Schools make Top 10 lists by ryandenney


									Schools make                           Revenue shortfall results
Top 10 lists
Academic achievement earned            in cuts for 2008-2009
seven Springfield schools a spot on
                                                                   Current economic uncertainty is causing
Missouri’s Top 10 lists for Highest-
                                                                   everyone to review their finances to find
Performing Schools. They were
                                                                   ways to reduce expenses. Springfield Public
mentioned 18 times based on the
                                                                   Schools is no different.
percentage of students scoring
proficient and advanced on Missouri
                                                                  In March, the district identified $4.2 million
Assessment Program tests.
                                                                  in expenditures to cut from the 2008-2009
Springfield Public Schools had the                                budget to help address a potential $4.7
third largest number of schools in                                million deficit. The district is expecting
the state to make the lists. Schools   a decrease in revenue due to a shortfall in property and sales taxes,
named to Top 10 lists are:             investment income and other state, county and local revenue sources.

Disney Elementary School for 4th       “Although every budget cut impacts the quality of education in some
grade math and 5th grade math;         way, our objective is to minimize the direct impact on our classrooms,”
                                       explained Superintendent Norm Ridder.
Hickory Hills Elementary School for
4th grade math;                        The cuts total about 11 percent of non-personnel costs and include
Wilson’s Creek Intermediate School     measures such as not filling some vacant positions, delaying the
for 6th grade math;                    purchase of computers and delaying some facility maintenance.

Central High School Middle Years       Savings from enhanced risk management efforts also help offset the
Scholars Program for 6th grade         deficit. In 2007, the district made a commitment to improving the
communication arts, 6th grade math,    management of the district’s risk. Through these efforts, the workers
7th grade communication arts, 7th      compensation budget can be reduced by $400,000 this year.
grade math, 8th grade communication
arts, 8th grade math and 8th grade     The district anticipates ending the 2008-2009 fiscal year with a deficit
science;                               of about $540,000, but it still will be able to maintain a fund balance at
                                       10 percent or above as required by board policy.
Cherokee Middle School for 7th grade
communication arts, 8th grade math     On April 23 the school board began developing next year’s budget.
and 8th grade science;                 Initial revenue projections indicate there will be an additional reduction
                                       of $1.5 million in revenue in 2009-2010.
Pershing Middle School for 7th grade
math and 8th grade communication       “We understand that everyone is making tough financial decisions right
arts; and                              now,” Ridder said. “We will carefully monitor all financial factors that
Pleasant View Middle School for 7th    contribute to our total budget and strive to make the best decisions on
grade math and 8th grade math.         behalf of our students, staff and stakeholders.”

     Springfield Public Schools exists for the academic excellence of all
Newly named David Harrison Elementary School              an application at
will be ready to welcome students for their first         harrison/junior_k.htm or call (417) 523-4832.
day of school Aug. 25. The project is currently on
schedule and on budget and should be substantially        The school is open to transfer for students who live in
complete in June.                                         other Springfield Public Schools elementary attendance
                                                          areas. A transfer request form may be obtained at any
Principal Chris Mendel and her core team have been        elementary school office or at Kraft Administrative
working hard to hire staff and finalize details.          Center, 940 N. Jefferson Ave.

Its first year, the school will open with two classes     The 58,960-square-foot building is being constructed
each of kindergarten through third grade and one          to relieve crowding at Wanda Gray and McBride
fourth-grade class. Ultimately, the school can                    elementary schools and is funded by the
accommodate up to four classes of each                                  2006 bond initiative. Though much of
grade for a total enrollment of 435                                        the school’s structure is now built,
students.                                                                     construction will continue through
                                                                                most of June. A ribbon-cutting
Harrison Elementary School                                                       ceremony is planned for Aug. 26
will also be home to a                                                            at 2 p.m.
tuition-based preschool
program for four-year-olds.                                                       The school’s namesake, David
Applications for Junior                                                           Harrison, is a Springfield
Kindergarten are currently                                                        businessman and author of
being accepted. Monthly                                                          more than 70 children’s books.
tuition is $595 for five days                                                   Harrison also served on the
a week, $425 for three days a                                                  Springfield Board of Education
week; and $290 for two days a                                                from 1982 to 1988 and held the
week. Find out more or download                                           offices of president and vice president.

    Here is an estimated timeline for the finishing touches to the school before it opens to students on Aug. 25.

                             Meet the Principal
                             Name: Chris Mendel
                             Professional experience: Principal at Gray and Sherwood elementary schools;
                             assistant principal at Jarrett Middle School; sixth-grade teacher and administrative
                             substitute in Lee’s Summit School District; teacher at McGregor Elementary School
                             and Carver Middle School.
                            Quote: “One of the most exciting aspects about starting a new school is being able to
                            select teachers and staff who demonstrate all of the skills necessary to make a positive
                            impact on children. Our core team is forward thinking, extremely positive, and highly
                            dedicated educators who always put children first. It has been a wonderful experience
working together from the ground up, sharing our beliefs, learning from each other, and knowing that everyone is on
the same page-committed to children.”

                                                      Harrison Elementary School
                                                      3055 W. Kildee Lane, Springfield, MO 65810
                                                      Phone: (417) 523-5800
                                                      Web site:
                                                      Start time: 8:10 a.m.
                                                      Dismissal time: 2:55 p.m.

June 3 will be last day of school
                                      Springfield Public      Commencement ceremonies will be held at
                                      Schools will            Hammons Student Center on the campus of Missouri
                                      end the 2008-           State University as follows:
                                      2009 school year
                                      Wednesday, June         Monday, May 18, 2009
                                      3. Students will
                                      be dismissed two            –Glendale High School, 5 p.m.
                                      hours early that
                                      day.                        –Parkview High School, 7 p.m.

                                        Students missed           –Hillcrest High School, 9 p.m.
                                        three days of
 school due to inclement weather in January. Six make-        Tuesday, May 19, 2009
 up days were originally scheduled into the 2008-2009
 school calendar, which identified June 5 as the last day         –Kickapoo High School, 6 p.m.
 of school if all six were necessary. Since fewer make-up
 days are required, the last day of school will be June 3.        –Central High School, 8 p.m.

              The 2009-2010 school calendar is available at

4                                    Message from the superintendent
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                                                                                                                     Springfield public SchoolS
                                     Springfield Public Schools has made great strides in recent years. We have
                                     reduced class sizes, improved teacher salaries and upgraded the quality of
                                     our aging buildings. As Missouri’s largest fully accredited school district,
                                     SPS is a great source of pride to our community.
                                     Given current economic conditions, though, I am concerned that the
                                     positive momentum we have achieved may be hindered.
                                     The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is supposed to help
                                     maintain that momentum by sending federal dollars to Main Street to
                                     bolster the economy.
            Dr. Norm Ridder          With that news, we set to work developing a plan of action to invest
    the dollars promised to save jobs, create work opportunities and generate demand for raw materials and
    supplies. We have identified 150 improvement projects totaling $66 million that are shovel-ready and could
    put Springfieldians to work tomorrow.
    We are now awaiting word from the Missouri legislature about when stabilization funds will be available
    for us to begin these projects.
    We expect to receive about $11 million earmarked for Special Education and Title I programs over the
    next two years, but these dollars cannot be used to supplant our existing budget. They may only be used to
    supplement Title I and Special Education services. These are important programs that serve a large number
    of students but in our current economic situation we also need the stabilization funds to sustain quality of
    education districtwide.                                                                                         Community
    It is my hope that the Missouri legislature will realize the importance of stabilizing public education and
    empower school districts statewide to help secure America’s future with sound investments in our children,  Spring 2009
    our schools and our community.
      (417) 523-INFO • Fax: (417) 523-0183 • •
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