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Springfield Public School’s Superintendent prepares for upcoming year

Grenita Lathan.
Grenita Lathan.(KY3)
Published: Aug. 4, 2021 at 7:56 AM CDT
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) -

Leaders with the Springfield Public School District are meeting this week to get ready for the first day of school on August 23. This week also marks one month on the job for Superintendent Dr. Grenita Lathan.

Lathan has several goals for the district, including engagement with parents and the community. Lathan wants to review curriculum whether it is to improve or change, along with supporting students through intervention and enrichment.

Lathan will speak at the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce State of the Schools event on Thursday where she will talk about her vision for the district. She is hoping for feedback from city leaders, community members and SPS staff.

”I want to also hear from our business partners,” said Lathan. “We want to make sure that when students graduate that they are college and career ready. In order to be college and career ready they need opportunities.”

She said it has been difficult to see where the district is academically because how the pandemic impacted the data.

”It’s just knowing the data,” said Lathan. “Last year was interrupted as it relates to students being in school five days a week. Right now I’m just ready to know where all of our students are far as it relates to their performance levels and what they need to be successful.”

Lathan said the district will continue with COVID-19 protocols with sanitizing, providing PPE and enforcing social distancing not only on campus but on the school bus and other activities.

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