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Springfield's Jarrett principal Rob Kroll tapped to lead Hillcrest High  Springfield News-Leader

The longtime principal of Jarrett Middle School is moving to Hillcrest High School. The Springfield district announced Tuesday that Rob Kroll, the Jarrett principal ...

With Hillcrest principal exit, SPS to see leadership change at 3 of 5 high schools  Springfield News-Leader

On July 1, Springfield Public Schools will have new principals at three of its five high schools.

Greene County prosecutor charges Hillcrest High School teacher aide in sex crimes case  KY3

The district placed the teacher on administrative leave during the investigation.

Jarrett Middle School's new principal a longtime fixture at Hillcrest High  Springfield News-Leader

A longtime fixture at Hillcrest High School will be principal at Jarrett Middle School. Springfield Public Schools announced Thursday that Kirk Slater will lead the ...

For Springfield's top teacher, Hillcrest's Courtney Dameron, relationships are key  Springfield News-Leader

Courtney Dameron, center, a teacher at Hillcrest High School, laughs with students on Thursday, April 18, 2019. Dameron was named Springfield Public ...

Principal notifies parents about nationwide threat mentioning "Hillcrest High School"  KY3

Law enforcement in several states are investigating the threat.

Former Hillcrest High School Coach Arrested For Student Sex Crimes  KTTS

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — An assistant high school football coach in Springfield has been arrested on suspicion of having sexual contact with a student.

Police investigate threat tied to a Springfield high school  KY3

Police and Springfield Public Schools are investigating a threat. What we have learned is the the threat seems to be tied to Hillcrest High School or graduates ...

Hillcrest High School student recovering after eating a brownie  KY3

A Springfield high school student is in the intensive care unit. And his parents want answers.

In three-year period, Hillcrest High teen on track to earn 45 college credits  Springfield News-Leader

Hayden Pyle is just halfway through his senior year at Springfield's Hillcrest High School and he has already racked up 34 college credits. By the time ...

Police investigate skeletal remains found near Hillcrest High School  KY3

Police investigating discovery as a suspicious death.

SPS task force wants option to tear down, rebuild Hillcrest High  Springfield News-Leader

The Community Task Force on Facilities wants to know how much it would cost to bulldoze Hillcrest High School — and build a new facility from the ground up.

Investigators say no foul play is likely in skeletal remains found near Hillcrest High School  KY3

Investigators say the decomposed skeleton was discovered near a creek close to Farm Road 151 near Hillcrest High School.

New CEO of Springfield's Boys & Girls Clubs shaped by difficult childhood, mentors  Springfield News-Leader

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield appointed Brandy Harris as the new CEO April 1. She replaced Pat Gartland, who retired after 17 years.

Hillcrest High School students sell t-shirts, raising money for Deputy Roberts' family  KY3

Students presented Deputy Roberts widow a check Friday.

Architects suggest demolishing parts of Glendale, Hillcrest high schools  Springfield News-Leader

If the Springfield district listens to architects' suggestions, it will bulldoze older portions of two high schools. The architects hired to study Glendale and Hillcrest ...

Former NFL and Hillcrest High School Football Player Arrested

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Former NFL wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham was arrested late Wednesday night and is being held in the Green County Jail.

SPS announces new boys hoops coaches at Central and Hillcrest, new Parkview baseball coach  Springfield News-Leader

Springfield Public Schools announced Thursday evening the hiring of three new high school head coaches. Brandon Kimbrough will serve as the head varsity ...

Hillcrest High School Junior ROTC Competing in a National Challenge

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Hillcrest High School's Junior ROTC Cadets are in Molena, Georgia Thursday evening to compete in a national challenge. The All *Service* ...

Fired Hillcrest coach faces 10 felony counts  Springfield Business Journal

Fired Hillcrest High School track and football coach Mikael Cooper-Falls is facing 10 felony counts. Cooper-Falls, 29, was charged yesterday with felonies that ...

Police Investigate Anonymous Threat Toward a Hillcrest H.S. in the U.S.  KSMU Radio

The principal of Springfield's Hillcrest High School sent a note to parents Wednesday notifying them of a vague threat. Garry Moore wrote that the Springfield ...

Springfield's four-year graduation rate slips to 85.7 percent, below state average  Springfield News-Leader

Springfield's Kickapoo High School posted a four-year graduation rate of 95 percent in 2018. The state average is 89 percent. (Photo: Andrew ...

2019 Spring Preview: Hillcrest Girls Soccer  Ozarks Sports Zone

By Derek Shore (For The Hillcrest High School girls' soccer team places an emphasis on working hard each year, improving day and in ...

Springfield honors 58 top academic seniors at ROSE banquet  Springfield News-Leader

Springfield Public Schools will honor its top academic seniors this week at the 34th annual Recognition of Scholastic Excellence — or ROSE — banquet.

Proposed $168 million bond issue for Springfield schools placed on April ballot  KY3

18-cent increase to the debt-*service* levy would be phased in over two years.

SPS board moves to send $168M bond issue to voters  Springfield Business Journal

The Springfield Public Schools Board of Education yesterday voted unanimously to forward a $168 million bond proposal to voters. The April 2, 2019, ballot will ...

Dorial Green-Beckham charged in December drug bust  KY3

Former Hillcrest High School and NFL wide receiver Dorial Greene-Beckham facing more drug charges.

Springfield School District Announces Site of New Boyd Elementary if Bond Issue Passes  KSMU Radio

Voters will decide a bond issue for Springfield Public Schools on April 2. If Proposition S passes, one of the projects will be to move Boyd Elementary to a new ...

Marty Moore, a Springfield district 'voice for the under-served,' to step down  Springfield News-Leader

Marty Moore, who works closely with Springfield Public Schools' community partners as part of the district's top leadership team, is leaving. She resigned ...

Judge sentences Dorial Green-Beckham for DWI in Springfield  KY3

He last played for the Philadelphia Eagles in the National Football League.

Springfield Public Schools says no validity to school threat  KY3

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Springfield Public Schools (SPS) says there is no immediate threat to Hillcrest High School or any other school in the district after a social ...

$168M SPS bond proposal gets a name: Proposition S  Springfield Business Journal

Springfield Public Schools officials yesterday announced the district's bond request will be called Proposition S on the April 2 ballot. Through the ballot initiative, ...

Green diamonds: Springfield softball squads to play on new turf  Springfield News-Leader

Construction crews installed artificial turf on the baseball infields at Parkview High School and Hillcrest High School.

Springfield Hillcrest High School graduates  Springfield News-Leader

All-Star nominee and valedictorian: Jack Tyler Morris. Salutatorian: Sara Ann Barnes. All seniors: Gerson Adame, Victoria Adams, Rocky Adcock, Maison Allen, ...

Ex-Mizzou, Hillcrest High star Dorial Green-Beckham arrested for DWI  KY3

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Local football standout Dorial Green-Beckham was arrested at 2:59 a.m. Saturday morning in Greene County for DWI, failure to display ...

Springfield ties plentiful for Missouri's new Superintendent of the Year  Springfield News-Leader

Jeremy Tucker is entering his fifth year as superintendent of the Liberty school district.

Springfield Public Schools holds community meeting about Proposition S  KY3

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- In April, Springfield voters will decide on Proposition S -- an 18-cent increase to the debt-*service* levy. Those with Springfield Public ...

SPS partners with Burrell to pilot mental health help, on-site counseling in 9 schools  Springfield News-Leader

Hundreds of Springfield students with mental health care needs will soon have a deeper level of support, including on-site counseling, through a pilot program.

Springfield school bond campaign gains high-profile endorsements  Springfield News-Leader

As the Springfield school bond election approaches, a wave of new endorsements has been announced. Friends of SPS, a committee campaigning for passage ...

Nixa High School student allegedly caught passing out fake $100 bills  Springfield News-Leader

Officials say a student was allegedly caught passing out fake $100 bills Tuesday at Nixa High School.

SPS and Burrell Behavioral Health expand mental health services  KY3

Springfield Public Schools will partner with Burrell Behavioral Health to expand school-based mental health services for nearly 4000 of its students.

VIDEO: Hillcrest celebrates new turf softball field  Ozarks Sports Zone

Hillcrest High School officially kicked off its fall softball season on a new turf field thanks to funding from the district's capital project budget. SPS board member ...

Springfield district boosts employee pay, benefits by $7.24 million next year  Springfield News-Leader

The Springfield school board unanimously approved the 2019-20 budget, which includes $286 million in operating or day-to-day funds.

That's a rap: Springfield school leader celebrates back-to-school time in music video  Springfield News-Leader

In annual State of the Schools address, Superintendent John Jungmann spotlights community volunteers, teachers and a student.

2018 Spring Preview: Hillcrest Girls Soccer  Ozarks Sports Zone

By Denise Tucker (For The focus that the Hillcrest High School girls' soccer team maintain each year is to work hard, improve day in ...

Springfield district’s chief learning officer stepping down  Springfield News-Leader

Springfield Public Schools' top academic officer has accepted a new job In Branson. Mike Dawson, chief learning officer in the state's largest district, announced ...

If voters approve a Springfield school bond in April, Portland Elementary will close  Springfield News-Leader

If Springfield voters approve a $168 million school bond issue in April, the district plans to complete 39 projects — and close one elementary.

Focus of Prop S work should be to help students, not distract them  Springfield News-Leader

Fremont has all the bells and whistles, but the students and their test scores are suffering.

Hillcrest High School top academic performers  Springfield News-Leader

All-Star nominee: Brant Ryan Schaffitzel. Valedictorian: Brant Ryan Schaffitzel. Salutatorian: Emily Nicole Lynn Clark. All seniors: Ezequiel Abreu, Casey Allen, ...

Kleinsmith, Medlin hired by Springfield district as deputy superintendents  Springfield News-Leader

Springfield Public Schools will employee retired superintendents Stephen Kleinsmith and Kent Medlin as co-deputy superintendents.

Judge sentences Dorial Green-Beckham to jail for violating probation  KY3

Police arrested Green-Beckham, 25, on December 20 for possession of marijuana and resisting arrest.

In recent years, fewer Springfield graduates entering military  Springfield News-Leader

Fewer than 40 of the roughly 1600 Springfield high school seniors graduating this week plan to enter military.

Springfield district names principals for Rountree, Williams, Pleasant View  Springfield News-Leader

The Springfield district named three new principals Friday, two from within the district and one currently working in Aurora. Starting July 1, they will take over at ...

Who supports SPS bond campaign and how much they gave — more than $123K  Springfield News-Leader

A campaign committee called Friends of SPS was formed to advocate for passage of the $168 million bond issue in April.

How will SPS keep schools from falling into disrepair again?  Springfield News-Leader

Top Springfield school officials acknowledge the district has not spent enough over the years to keep nearly half of its buildings from falling into poor or ...

In Springfield district, teachers can make $1.6+ million in 30-year career  Springfield News-Leader

The starting pay for a new teacher with a bachelor's degree in Springfield Public Schools is $38023.

Ready to take on the challenge: McFarland takes reins of Forsyth football program  Branson Tri-Lakes news

FORSYTH – Andy McFarland knows the task he has ahead of him isn't an easy one.

Academic All-Stars: Hillcrest High School  Springfield News-Leader

All-Star nominee: Taylor Alexander Tummons. Valedictorian: Taylor Alexander Tummons. Salutatorian: Adam Lloyd Barton. All seniors: Cynthia Abney, Michael ...

Dorial Green-Beckham charged with marijuana possession, resisting arrest  Springfield News-Leader

Former NFL wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham was formally charged Thursday with resisting arrest and possessing 10 grams or less of marijuana.

SPS Names New Principal for Glendale High School & Two Other Schools  Ozarks Independent

Springfield Public School announced the hiring of a new principal for Glendale High School to replace the retiring Dr. Natalie Cauldwell. The new principal is ...

SPS offers string of second chances for recent high school dropouts  Springfield News-Leader

"If you don't have a high school diploma, it's a pipeline to poverty," a district official says.

Daddy ball? Not the case for Hillcrest shortstop Brant Schaffitzel  Springfield News-Leader

Yes, he is the coach's son. Yes, he is the starting shortstop. And, yes, Brant Schaffitzel bats third in the order. That's where the baseball clichés stop for the ...

Springfield's largest teacher union endorses $168 million school bond issue  Springfield News-Leader

Springfield's largest teacher union endorsed the district's upcoming bond issue. And, this time, there was no asterisk. The Springfield National Education ...

For Students Living In Harmony House Shelter, Trauma Casts Long Shadow Over Learning  KSMU Radio

Many children have escaped the trauma of domestic violence and are living with a parent in the Harmony House shelter in east Springfield. Harmony House.

Visioncon, Springfield's own comic-con, is back  Springfield News-Leader

Organizers are billing this as Visioncon's homecoming to Springfield, where it originated.

SPS to honor 'Top 10' seniors at each high school  Springfield News-Leader

The 33rd annual Recognition of Scholastic Excellence, or ROSE, banquet will be March 29 at Missouri State University.

Hillcrest receiver does it all — except get tackled  Springfield News-Leader

Josh Powell led the Hornets with 11 touchdowns and more than 1500 all-purpose yards last season.

Springfield man turned his life around, judge agrees, but he still struck an infant  Springfield News-Leader

Kenneth Burkholder was sentenced Friday for first-degree assault after he pleaded guilty in 2017 to striking his infant son.

Springfield voters to decide $168M school bond issue in April. Here are the details.  Springfield News-Leader

It's official: The Springfield school board is ready to try again at the ballot. The board voted 7-0 Tuesday to ask voters to approve a $168 million bond issue in ...

Springfield couple known for 'generous hearts' given Advocate for Education award  Springfield News-Leader

When a Springfield couple learned two boys qualified for a gifted program but didn't have a way to get there, they arranged for a year's worth of rides.

Four hot takes from Week 2 of the high school football season in the Ozarks  Springfield News-Leader

We were able to learn more about our favorite southwest Missouri high school football teams in the second week of the regular season. We already know there ...

'This is starting to get severe, folks,' says SGF meteorologist after tornado reports  Springfield News-Leader

The National Weather *Service* in Springfield issued a flash flood warning for much of the Ozarks.

Dana Powell Went from Hillcrest to Modern Family  417mag

A nudge from her mother got Dana Powell into acting in high school, but now, after roles in Bridesmaids and Modern Family, Powell is making it big in Hollywood ...

After 25 years, western Missouri's top federal prosecutor is once again a Springfield man  Springfield News-Leader

Tim Garrison sat down with reporters to discuss his first six months as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri.

Evelyn “June” Spickard Hartley | Obituaries  Branson Tri-Lakes news

Visitation for Evelyn “June” Spickard Hartley, is planned for July 17, 2019, 6-8 p.m., Williams Memorial Chapel, at College of the Ozarks, Hollister. The funeral ...

BBB to hold 'Shred Day' on April 6 in Springfield  Buffalo Reflex

This year's Better Business Bureau Shred Day to fight identity theft will be Saturday, April 6, at Ozark Empire Fairgrounds, 3001 N. Grant Ave., Springfield.

Hall of fame announces football honorees  Springfield News-Leader

Missouri Sports Hall of Fame Football Luncheon set for Oct. 16.

Person Hit By BNSF Train In North Springfield, Man Trapped Under Train Until Fire Crews Arrived  KTTS

Springfield fire crews responded to a person who was trapped under a train near the 1900 block of North Glenstone, which is just north of Commercial Street.

Solution in works for Hillcrest, Parkview softball fields  Springfield News-Leader

This fall, the softball teams at Hillcrest and Parkview are expected to finally have a spot of their own — sort of — on each of their respective high school ...

Missouri State to rename JQH Arena within next year  Springfield News-Leader

Missouri State University announced Thursday morning that JQH Arena will soon have a different name. MSU spokeswoman Suzanne Shaw made the ...

Fred Ellison, part of SPS task force that recommended bond, admits he's conflicted  Springfield News-Leader

In the weeks since the Springfield school board agreed to place a $168 million bond issue on the April ballot, Fred Ellison has been outspoken. But he has sent ...

Central High's new principal a familiar face  Springfield News-Leader

Springfield Public Schools names four new principals for the 2016-17 school year.

McBride Elementary mourns loss of SPS special education teacher 'Mr. Nick'  Springfield News-Leader

Nick Hostler, a former gymnast and college-level cheerleader, was entering his third year as a special education teacher at McBride.

2018 Springfield Sports Hall of Fame class announced  Ozarks Sports Zone

The 2018 induction class into the Springfield Area Sports Hall of Fame (SASHOF) includes five individuals whose competitive and energetic skills have set them ...

#YESonS Campaign Advocates Support for Springfield Public Schools  KSMU Radio

Friends of SPS, a new advocacy group, launched this week. That's a group of people trying to improve Springfield Public Schools, and their first major.

Blog: SPS gets fresh with it to welcome school year  Springfield Business Journal

Springfield Public Schools made a splash yesterday when they hosted the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce's Good Morning Springfield event. Wilson's ...

SPS Hall of Fame 2017  417mag

Meet this year's four Springfield Public Schools graduates who are being inducted into the SPS Hall of Fame.

Columbia College announces new head basketball coach, interim athletic director  Columbia Missourian

Columbia College named a new men's basketball coach and an interim athletic director on Saturday after current head coach and athletic director Bob Burchard ...

Pokin Around: In 1996, Hillcrest students decided two lynched men deserved a grave marker  Springfield News-Leader

Pokin Around: The marker was placed on the unmarked grave of two black men lynched in 1906.

Renaissance woman: Mizzou signee Kelsey Winfrey  Springfield News-Leader

There aren't many sports Kelsey Winfrey hasn't excelled at, or at least tried.

Highlights of Springfield Public Schools Class of 2017  Springfield News-Leader

The News-Leader salutes the many accomplishments of Springfield Public Schools' Class of 2017. Severe weather threatened — but did not stop — the start of ...

Voters to Decide Fate of New School Bond Proposal in April

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Springfield voters will decide the fate of a new school bond proposal next April.

Springfield School District looks at options: close, combine, expand schools  KSPR

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KSPR) - Springfield School District leaders are working on a $300 million plan that might help students but hit taxpayers' wallets pretty hard.

After two decades, district updates student dress code  Springfield News-Leader

District dress code gets its first major overhaul since the 1990s.

In memory of 'Mr. Nick,' fundraising for inclusive Springfield playground tops $84K  Springfield News-Leader

Nick Hostler, a special education teacher at McBride Elementary, wanted a place where students of all physical abilities can play together.

New suicide awareness series for parents & teens KY3 - Video  KY3

The National Alliance for Mental Illness in Springfield is partnering with several other area organizations to create a new, educational series to raise suicide ...

Springfield district has long history of closing, rebuilding, repurposing schools  Springfield News-Leader

In the past 60 years, the roles of at least 16 traditional elementary and middle school buildings have changed.

Former Kickapoo, Cherokee principal named Lebanon superintendent  Springfield News-Leader

David Schmitz has worked as an administrator for Springfield Public Schools for the past 14 years.

New Springfield Public Schools homeless liaison starts job with caseload of 900 names  Springfield News-Leader

Not long after Lynn Schirk was named the homeless liaison for Springfield Public Schools, the need for a full-time child advocate became all too apparent.

New Hillcrest boys basketball coach announced  Springfield News-Leader

Kickapoo assistant, former Evangel player Joel Brown headed to the Hill.

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