Springfield Public Schools Superintendent Given Statewide Honor

The superintendent of Springfield Public Schools has been a statewide honor for leadership in the district and involvement in the community.

Dr. John Jungmann received the 2019 Robert L. Pearce Award Wednesday from the Missouri Association of School Administrators during their spring conference.

A press release from the district announcing the award cited Jungmann’s work engaging the community in school issues. It noted the Envisioning Excellence program he helped create to engage the community and the recent task force on facilities that has led to the placement of Proposition S on the ballot next week.

In receiving the award, Jungmann focused on issues facing Missouri education and the expansion of choice opportunities for students.

“Missouri districts must show they are ready and willing to innovate and successfully compete with those who would like to see public education tax funds flow to charter, private or for-profit virtual schools,” Jungmann said in a statement. “Springfield Public Schools and more than 140 other school districts have positioned ourselves to compete by implementing the Launch project, which provides virtual course access to high-quality instruction created and developed by Missouri educators.”

In addition to his work with the school district, Jungmann is involved the Springfield Chamber of Commerce, GO CAPS program, Community Partnerships of the Ozarks, Ozarks Regional YMCA and P-20 Council of the Ozarks.