Robert Leming http://wuis.org en NAACP Threatens To Sue District 186 http://wuis.org/post/naacp-threatens-sue-district-186 <p>District 186 says it's working hard to hire more minority teachers and administrators. Still, the percentage of minorities in those roles is only half of what it should be according to a decades old desegregation order. And the Springfield branch of the NAACP says it's preparing for a potential lawsuit.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 23:00:06 +0000 Rachel Otwell 13374 at http://wuis.org NAACP Threatens To Sue District 186 Students Lacking Immunizations Out Of School For 3 Weeks & Counting http://wuis.org/post/students-lacking-immunizations-out-school-3-weeks-counting <p>About five hundred Springfield students were forced out of the public schools last month for failing to have required physicals and immunizations. The number has since dropped to 87 kids missing classes. The deadline was October 15th. School board member Mike Zimmers says the policy should be changed for next year to have the deadline before school gets underway.</p><p>"Parents just need to plan, you know when they start thinking about ... we need to get school clothes or school supplies -- in your mindset just think, we need to get physicals, we need to get shots,” said Zimmers.</p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 20:09:03 +0000 Rachel Otwell 12403 at http://wuis.org Students Lacking Immunizations Out Of School For 3 Weeks & Counting Springfield Public Schools Extend Early Dismissal Through Friday Due To Heat http://wuis.org/post/springfield-public-schools-extend-early-dismissal-through-friday-due-heat <p><strong>&nbsp;UPDATE: (8:15 a.m. Wednesday, August 28)</strong></p><p><em>Interim&nbsp;Superintendent, Robert A. Leming announces that all schools will dismiss an&nbsp;hour early Thursday, August 29 and Friday, August 30, 2013 of this week as a&nbsp;protective&nbsp;measure for students (with the exception of Ball Charter School).&nbsp;The continued cause for concern is the risk of heat related illnesses. </em></p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 18:45:34 +0000 Sean Crawford & Peter Gray 7881 at http://wuis.org Springfield Public Schools Extend Early Dismissal Through Friday Due To Heat In-Depth Interview: Interim Supt. For District 186, Robert Leming http://wuis.org/post/depth-interview-interim-supt-district-186-robert-leming <p>WUIS caught up with Robert Leming on a variety of issues, including how high speed rail could affect schools in the district, his vision for changes with elementary schools, a residency requirement for school administrators, and more:&nbsp;</p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 11:46:52 +0000 Rachel Otwell 7075 at http://wuis.org In-Depth Interview: Interim Supt. For District 186, Robert Leming 186 Plans Focus Group Mtgs To Aid Search For New Supt. http://wuis.org/post/186-plans-focus-group-mtgs-aid-search-new-supt <p>The search continues for a new superintendent for district 186. So far eight people have applied for the position to head Springfield public schools. The district is currently planning a two day summit later in the month consisting of meetings among the search firm leading the effort, teachers, parents, and other community members. Board member Scott McFarland is helping plan the meetings. He says the search firm hopes to garner more applicants and then narrow down the options based on feedback from the board and the community:</p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 16:38:59 +0000 Rachel Otwell 6839 at http://wuis.org 186 Plans Focus Group Mtgs To Aid Search For New Supt. The Cost Of Finding A New Springfield Schools Superintendent http://wuis.org/post/cost-finding-new-springfield-schools-superintendent <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="https://twitter.com/MollyBeckSJR">Molly Beck</a>, Education Reporter for the <a href="http://Sj-r.com">State Journal Register</a>, has been covering the search for a new superintendent for Springfield public schools. Her <a href="http://www.sj-r.com/top-stories/x1806126905/Costs-mount-in-filling-superintendent-void">recent article</a> outlined the costs associated with that search. Beck joined us to talk about that article and her findings:</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div></div><p></p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 19:29:17 +0000 Rachel Otwell 6232 at http://wuis.org The Cost Of Finding A New Springfield Schools Superintendent 186 School Brd. Discusses Residency Requirement – Reappoints Leming http://wuis.org/post/186-school-brd-discusses-residency-requirement-reappoints-leming <p style="border: 0px; margin-bottom: 24px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, 'Bitstream Charter', serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;">The Springfield school board continues to discuss a rule on the books that requires administrators to live within district 186 boundaries. Vice president Adam Lopez has adopted the cause, saying the policy should either be enforced, or removed from regulations. It’s his wish to enforce it. But board member Donna Moore questioned&nbsp;the need for the policy:</p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 16:29:15 +0000 Rachel Otwell 4467 at http://wuis.org 186 School Brd. Discusses Residency Requirement – Reappoints Leming