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by Dustin Hodges, KY3 News and dhodges@ky3.com | May 2, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Some big changes are coming for students of Westport Elementary and Study Middle Schools in Springfield. Students of both will soon attend class in one building, and Westport Elementary is undergoing a renovation to handle its new responsibility. Voters approved the school bond in 2009 and the construction at Westport has been going on for roughly two years. The reason for combining the schools: declining enrollment at Westport, just a kindergarten through fifth-grade school, and Study Middle School, which serves sixth through eighth-graders.
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by KY3 News | December 12, 2011
Springfield, MO - Police are searching for a man who held up a bank on west Republic Road in Springfield. About 12:30p.m., a man entered the Great Southern Bank at 2945 W. Republic Road.  He gave a teller a note saying he had a gun, but never showed it.   The robber left the bank on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. Police are looking for a white male, with brown hair, approximately 40 years of age,  wearing a navy blue cap and possibly a navy blue coat.
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by KY3 News and newsalerts@ky3.com | September 23, 2010
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.--It's never too early to start saving for your child's college education. That's the message Missouri Treasurer is sending to students and parents. Clint Zweifel visited Rountree Elementary School on Thursday to talk to students and parents about MOST, Missouri's 529 College Savings Plan. "Each day you are given the opportunity to make small investment in yourself," said Zweifel. "This isn't just by saving your allowance but by joining a club, participating in a team sport, or volunteering in your community.
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By Dustin Hodges, KY3 News and dhodges@ky3.com | February 10, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo  -  A new take on digital donations could pay off for one local school.  The owner of a Springfield restaurant is mixing social media with smart-phone technology to raise money for Rountree Elementary.  Andy Faucett, the owner of Bambino's Cafe, is a former Rountree student.  He's donating a dollar to the school's PTA for everyone using their Facebook account to "check in" at his cafe. "I've got nephews and nieces, and I went through the school systems here, so I have a lot of fond memories of Rountree; it's kind of like, if a neighbor does good things for you, you want to do nice things for your neighbor," says Faucett.
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by Ashley Reynolds, KY3 News and areynolds@ky3.com | March 28, 2013
STRAFFORD, Mo --   It's a small school district with a big wish list. On Tuesday, Strafford voters will decide on a $15 million school bond issue. If approved, educators plan to build a new elementary school that would hold 700 students.  It's all part of the Keep Improving District Schools, or KIDS, proposition. "The growth here in Strafford has been pretty steady over the last few years.  We are just starting to run out of the room," said Strafford School District Superintendent, John Collins.
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by Dustin Hodges, KY3 News | July 17, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - A neighborhood is divided over a proposed quiet zone around some railroad tracks in Springfield. The plan would mean closing some roads in the Rountree Neighborhood. Opponents and supporters have put up signs stating their positions: Proponents cite noise and safety issues, while opponents say the street closings would put more traffic on the crossings that would remain open. A meeting will be held at 7 p.m. tonight for homeowners to give their opinions.
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Posted by Chris Brewer, web editor and cbrewer@schurz.com | April 23, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The Springfield School District Board of Directors likely will vote Tuesday evening on whether to raise lunch prices for students across the district. If passed, breakfast would go up 5 cents to $1.15, and lunch prices would increase a dime to $2.35 for elementary school students and $2.60 for middle and high schoolers. Prices would not change for students qualifying for reduced-price meals.
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by Gene Hartley and ghartley@schurz.com | April 4, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Five Springfield School District teachers are finalists for 2013-2014 Teacher of the Year.  Selected from a pool of 34 nominees, the finalists will be recognized on Monday, April 15, during the Teacher Appreciation Banquet, hosted by Foundation for Springfield Public Schools, at the Ramada Oasis.  A selection committee will interview the finalists and choose the Teacher of the Year, who will be announced at the banquet. The finalists...
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by Chris Replogle and creplogle@schurz.com | October 17, 2012
NIXA, Mo. -- The Nixa Police Department is investigating several reports of recent thefts, including at a construction project at an elementary school campus. The thief targeted a FEMA shelter under construction at Matthews Elementary School on Tuesday night.  The school district reports multiple hand tools, spools of wiring and lighting fixtures missing.  The district believes the robber left in a stolen, white cargo trailer. Police tie this robbery to many more throughout Nixa this week.  Anyone with information can call the Nixa Police Department at (417)
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July 1, 2011
A man with a mission to get kids up and moving joined us in the KY3 studio On Friday July 1st. Russ Traphagan has a running club for elementary school boys and girls... And he's hosting a run this weekend to help raise money for the Starting Block Striders ...his son Rob also joined us in the studio. Beat the Heat 2011 will begin at Delaware Elementary School. You can register today at The Starting Block for $20 for adults and $10 for kids... The price goes up $5 on Saturday morning.
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by Lisa Rose, KY3 News and lrose@ky3.com | April 19, 2011
LONG LANE, Mo. -- A teacher is suspended after being accused of sexual misconduct.   The teacher works at Long Lane Elementary in Dallas County, and is accused of inappropriately touching two students.  The superintendent of the Dallas County School District, based in Buffalo, said Tuesday night that the teacher is on administrative leave.  The Dallas County Sheriff's Department is investigating, as well as the Missouri Children's Division of...
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by KY3 News | April 4, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Leasha DeCamp, the principal at Hubble Elementary School in Marshfield, died late Monday afternoon.  DeCamp, 41, was hospitalized and on life support systems since an all-terrain vehicle accident on Saturday afternoon.  Her family said in a statement released by the hospital that doctors had declared DeCamp to be brain dead before she actually died. The Highway Patrol says DeCamp was riding the ATV on a private road, just off Hillcrest Road roughly three-and-a-half miles east of Fair Grove.  Around 4 p.m., the patrol says, DeCamp hit a bump in the drive and was thrown from the ATV as the four-wheeler went airborne.  This was DeCamp's third year as principal.  Her colleagues say one of the many neat things that she did for the students is raise enough money to purchase new playground equipment.  They say she always puts kids first.  DeCamp also was a cancer survivor, and had been cancer-free for a year.
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by KY3 News and newsalerts@ky3.com | February 25, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Last November, students at Williams Elementary School in northwest Springfield lost their way up and over busy Kearney Street.  A long-standing pedestrian bridge was torn down after engineers deemed it unsafe. On Friday, kids at the school got a look at the plans to replace the bridge.  The Springfield Public Works Department says the replacement bridge will be able to accommodate all traffic, including people in wheelchairs. The city is involving students in the plan, so they'll feel a sense of ownership in the project.
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by KY3 News | December 20, 2010
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation announced a $100,000 grant to Robberson Elementary School on Monday.  The funds will pay to move the school’s office to improve safety, move the computer lab and expand a classroom, among other projects.    Robberson, which was built in 1905, has nearly 300 students from pre-kindergarten to fifth grade.  Work is scheduled to begin Jan. 15, 2011.  Volunteers from a church will do some of the work.
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by KY3 News and newsalerts@ky3.com | December 17, 2010
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A foundation associated with Lowe's home improvement stores is going to help a school in northeast Springfield.  Lowe’s employees and Robberson Elementary School will announce a $100,000 grant from Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation at a news conference on Monday morning.   The Springfield School District says the funds will pay to move the school office to address safety concerns, move the computer lab and expand a classroom.  Robberson is at 1100 E. Kearney St, across the street from Highland Dairy.
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by Cara Restelli, KY3 News and crestelli@ky3.com | November 2, 2010
    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Something caused the city's pedestrian bridge across busy West Kearney Street to slip off its mooring.   City officials don't know why that happened -- they don't think a vehicle hit it -- but the bridge next to Williams Elementary School is closed and will be torn down on Wednesday and Thursday.  The city doesn't know if it will be rebuilt. The bridge was built in the late 1970s after the city got permission from the Missouri Department of Transportation because Kearney Street is a state highway (Missouri 744)
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by KY3 News and newsalerts@ky3.com | September 23, 2010
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.--It's never too early to start saving for your child's college education. That's the message Missouri Treasurer is sending to students and parents. Clint Zweifel visited Rountree Elementary School on Thursday to talk to students and parents about MOST, Missouri's 529 College Savings Plan. "Each day you are given the opportunity to make small investment in yourself," said Zweifel. "This isn't just by saving your allowance but by joining a club, participating in a team sport, or volunteering in your community.
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