Nixa Public Schools

  • District Accomplishments

    2015

    • Nixa School Board earned the MSBA 2015 Outstanding Board of Education Award for School Finance as well as the Governance Team Award.
    • Nixa Public Schools ranked 18th in the state (out of 522 school districts) as the best place to teach in Missouri...1st in Southwest Missouri.
    • District's average annual attendance rate: 96.1% compared to the state of Missouri's rate of 93.3%.
    • Ladies tennis competed at State for the 1st time in Nixa Schools history.
    • Men's soccer competed in the Final Four for the 1st time in Nixa Schools history.
    • JROTC Leadership Team finished 12th in the world out of 1,700 Army JROTC programs at the Leadership Bowl in Washington, D.C.
    • Successful NEST (Nixa Eagles Soaring Together) event. Over 90 students and 100+ volunteers signed up and participated in this event.
    • New ECC building and early childhood special education program expansion - added in typically developing peers (role models) and increased from 3 classes to 6 student classrooms.
    • District's backbone network capacity upgraded from 1 gb to 10 gb.
    • Successful migration from Exchange to Google Apps for mail, contacts and calendars.
    • Department reorganization for increased support efficiency.
    • Successful audit results.
    • District Registration Center opened Fall of 2015 - completed by Mr. Hulburt's high school Building Trades class.
    • Increased Board paid insurance plans from 2 to 5.
    • Successful kick-off district-wide of CONNECTED initiative with a plan to provide access to technology for all students and teaching/learning/technology support for all district staff.
    • Hired Instructional Technology Facilitators to support all district schools in its implementation of CONNECTED.
    • Another successful STAR Summit.
    • Employees now complete HR paperwork electonically through Employee Portal (first-year training documentation, transfers, recommendations, etc.)
    • Approximately 100 new hires for 2015-16: 52 of which were new teachers.
    • MSU approved credit for BTA (Beginning Teacher Assistance for the first year ever.
    • "N the Zone" awarded 1st place by Missouri Press Association.
    • Expansion of district app to move district to mobile-friendly environment.
    • Began broadcasting sporting events and expanded QuickNews TV coverage.
    • Grand opening of the junior high kitchen and D.Y.K (Did You Know?) Program.
    • Addition of multiple programs - K through 6 includes Fresh Pick, World Flavor Day, Word of the Week, as well as other monthly communications such as Tip of the Week and Limited Time Offers at the junior high and high school
    • Implemented communication of breakfast and lunch information for all grades through Nixa app and Instagram in conjuction with the NPS Communications Department.
    • Sodexo donated 200 trees to the district.
    • The addition of 6 new square scrub machines will help with cleaning the floors and bathrooms.
    • Installed 8 new LED parking lot lights to Espy that helped with dark areas and also the utility bill.
    • The Missouri State Highway Patrol conducted their annual inspection in May. Total school district fleet is 39 buses; Each bus recieved a score of 100%
    • Continued success with MAP/EOC with the junior high and high school combining for 10 out of 11 first place COC rankings for 2015 and extending the tradition of success with the junior high having 19 of 20 first place rankings the past four years and the high school having 18 of 21 first place rankings in that same period.
    • Continued implementation of Project Lead the Way (PTLW) by adding an additional class at the high school and beginning the program at the junior high.
    • Successful implementation of a revised Personal Electronic Device (PED) policy at the high school.
    • Enhancements to the School Police Officer Program including adding an evening shift officer.
    • Attendance rate at the junior high increased from 91.5% to 93.2%.
    • Successful completion of Phase 2 construction/renovations at the junior high including the addition of the "Flex Room" to allow students the opportunity to experience technology integration, student collaboration, and student presentations.
    • ACT scores for Nixa graduates average composite score was 23.4 compared to the state average of 21.7.
    • 72.9% of all high school students were involved in some type of co-curricular or extracurricular activity, club, or sport. This accomplishment addresses our PLC building goal #6 on student involvment.
    • High school boys soccer team makes first ever state Final Four appearance and finished the season with a record of 25-3.
    • Kelly "Simon" Matney awarded the NPS Teacher of the Year award and National History Day Teacher of the Year for the state of Missouri.
    • 32 SCORE students received their NHS diplomas. A total of 345 students have graduated through the SCORE campus since 1999.
    • SCORE continues to build community support through the annual chili supper, with over 120 in attendance.
    • Successful first year implementation of Standards Based Grading.
    • MAP scores outperformed the state by a cumulative average of 17.4%.
    • 1st or 2nd place COC rankings in grades 3-6 in all content areas.
    • John Thomas School of Discovery had a 97% attendance rate (highest in the district).
    • Twelve John Thomas School of Discovery teachers presented at the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Conference.
    • JTSD partnering with STEM.org has become the first traditional public school in the state of Missouri to receive STEM Accreditation.
    • Espy Elementary's APR percentage increased from 84% to 100%.
    • In line with CSIP Strategy 3, Espy was in the preparation phase of implementing Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support (PBIS) which is an approach to behavior management on a school-wide level targeting all-school setting.
    • Incorporated quarterly parent curriculum nights at Mathews to inform and provide resources in curriculum, instruction, assessment and behavior interventions.
    • Mathews was awarded over $15,000 in grants which provided funding for technology, an all-school motor lab, and reading resources.
    • Century Elementary completed the Silver Level of the Positive Behavior Intervention Support.
    • Students and teachers at Century achieved 100% APR.
    • High Pointe 4th grade students' math MAP scores were the highest percentage of proficient and advanced in the district.
    • High Pointe implemented a student leadership program based on the "Leader in Me" model that is designed to improve student behaviors, while enhancing ovreall student leadership skills.
    • Summit Intermediate focused on "alternative learning environments" to meet the needs of future-ready learners with stand-up desks and other alternative seating/learning environments.
    • All grade levels at Summit met or exceeded the district grade level MAP averages.
    • The Inman 5th grade ELA MAP results indicated 70% of students as proficient or advanced.
    • Inman maintained a high level of student attendance at 96.7%.
    • Enrollment for Early Childhood has been transformed into a completely online process. This allows information to be more readily available, increases parent communication prior to the start of school, and is more eco-friendly.
    • Continued to maintain cohesiveness of both the PLTELC and ECC buildings as one Early Childhood Program.
    • XLT (eXtended Learning Time) had successful implementation of the new infant/toddler program, Little Eagles Landing.
    • XLT had a record amount of enrollment of 530.
    • Three of the XLT buildings are at maximum capacity.

    2014

    • Total student enrollment - 5,926
    • Enrollment reaches 6,031 students in October 2014
    • 496 certified staff (+7) - 205 support staff (+21 e.g. expansion of XLT program) Total 701 (+28)
    • Beginning teacher salary - $34,670
    • Nixa Public Schools levy $4.30 (lowered by 1 cent)
    • 96.8% on Annual Performance Report as conducted by Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (new accountability system/MSIP 5 2013).
    • New Early Childhood Center opens. Paid for by lease agreement with DESE.
    • Nixa Board of Education received MSBA's 2014 Governance and Leadership Award.
    • 9.5 million dollar bond issue passed with 69% "Yes" vote in spite of heavy opposition from the "The Club for Growth" organization based in St. Louis.
    • District's average attendance rarte was 96% compared to the state average attendance rate of 93.3%.
    • XLT named "Outstanding Program of the Year" -- MOSAC2
    • Nixa High School football team played in state championship for the first time in history, taking second place.
    • Inaugural year for NEST (Nixa Eagles Soaring Together).
    • ECSE implemented role model program.
    • Three Century Elementary School teachers became "Google" certified.
    • District featured on the national news (NBS News) for its commitment to the community in providing public storm shelters.
    • Missouri State Highway Patrol conducted annual inspection with all 39 buses receiveing 100%.
    • Century Elementary School's Character Council was recognized at Top 20 Mid-America Chapter School for service project for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
    • Espy Elementary School had 32 students serve as mentors resulting in increased academics and decreased discipline referrals.
    • Espy Elementary Schools' 3rd grade students increased MAP English/Language Arts percentage scores by 20 percent in proficient and advanced levels.
    • Espy Elementary held its 2nd Annual Blick Party with over 350 in attendance making the connection between home and school stronger. 
    • Mathews Elementary School was awarded Gold Status for Positive Behavior Support by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
    • Mathews Elementary students and families raised over $10,000 to support student activities, technology and the playground with a Walk-A-Thon.
    • John Thomas School of Discovery implemented Standard Based Grading.
    • John Thomas School of Discovery continued to support and extended school year and inquiry based learning.
    • High Pointe Elementary held its first annual Character Color Run.
    • 217 Summit Intermediate School students (all-time high) were involved in co-curricular or extra-curricular activites.
    • Summit Intermediate acheived 100% on Annual Performance Report.
    • 80% of Summit Intermediate students scored Proficient/Advanced in mathematics on the MAP.
    • Fourth grade students from Century were transferred to Summit Intermediate due to over-crowding at Century Elementary.
    • Fifth and sixth grade students ranked #1 in the COC Conference in all areas of the MAP.
    • Inman Intermediate students scored an overall average of nearly 70% in all content areas on the MAP.
    • Inman Intermediate had strong attendance rate of 95.79%.
    • Elementary teachers participated in many hours of professional development on the Nixa model of literacy, LNW (Literacy the Nixa Way).
    • Nixa Junior High had the top MAP scores in the COC and Springfield in all content areas.
    • Approximately 91% of seventh grade students scored proficient/advanced in the area of mathematics on the MAP.
    • Junior high is technology rich with Chromebooks provided in all English classes and iPads in all science classes.
    • NJH won 4 COC championships: 7th Grade Girls Cross Country, 8th Grade Boys Track, 8th Grade Boys Cross Country and 8th Grade Boys Basketball.
    • Over $5 million in scholarships were awarded to graduating seniors.
    • The Academic Acheivement Award was presented to Nixa High School by NEF.
    • Nixa High School was state champion in Readers Theatre, National History Day Competition (Barrett Young), Wrestling (Joe Velliquette), Speech and Debate (Kevin Kelly) and Swimming (Jordan Hill).
    • Nixa High School male athletes named COC Boys All Sports Champions for the third year in a row.
    • NHS students awarded $18,000 in vocational grants.
    • NGS implemented the Project Lead the Way Program (PLTW).
    • Record number of high school students were selected for the All-District Choir.
    • 33 SCORE students earned NHS diplomas bringing the total of students graduating to 314 since 1999.
    • Mathews Elementary received 100% APR for the 2014 School Summary Report.
    • NPS was awarded the top communication program in the nation- with the 2014 "Leadership Through Communcation" award.
    • Received the Award of Excellence from the National School Public Relations Association for the 2014 Bond Issue Video.
    • Implementation of the 4th SRO position to assist with substance abuse prevention.
    • NYSP participation increased by 325 students over 2012-13.
    • Improvement in 3 Junior High MAP tested areas.
    • Improvement in 3 High School EOC tested ares.
    • Michael Slamb, high school senior and school mascot, won both the Camp Leadership Award and All American Mascot at UCA camp at the University of Tennessee.
    • 3 NHS students earned Commended Recognition and National Merit Semi-Finalist Status -- Jacob Roblin received "Commended" and Mason Coble and Anna Gregory were selected as National Merit Semi-Finalists.
    • Mathews Elementary acheived "Gold Star School" status as a Positive Behavior Support School.
    • Six Mathews Elementary students acheived a perfect score on the 2014 MAP (2 in ELA and 4 in Mathematics).
    • Human Resource Department conducted over 600 interviews for positions.
    • 2nd Year for the STAR Summit which provided professional development for 1800 certified staff from four area districts.
    • Nixa administrators begin training for new Teacher Evaluation process.
    • Business office reports successful audit results.
    • New district registration senter under construction with work donw by industrial arts department students.
    • Missouri Educator's Trust (MET) Insurance Consortium founded, representing over 70 school districts across Missouri (formerly SMEG with 18 districts).
    • Awarded three additional FEMA grants (JH, HS, and JTSD).
    • High Pointe Elementary implemented Professional Learning Communities as a model for enhanced teaching, learning and collabortation.
    • Elementary schools implemented standard based grading in grades kindergarten through six.
    • Century Elementary received the Bronze Level Award for Positive Behavior Intervention Support for the fourth year in a row.
    • Century Elementary has usccessfully implemented an active intervention team to work with both academic and behavior concerns of students.
    • Technology department added 50 new high-quality document cameras in classrooms of highly trained teachers.
    • 200+ Chromebooks were added for student use.
    • Upgraded 80% of district network to 10GB.
    • First district Lego Robotics team was created at John Thomas School of Discovery.
    • John Thomas School of Discovery began a full partnership with Cox Health Systems to implement Little Medical Explorers, hospital field trips, and future medical exploration through fifth and sixth grade electives.
    • Elementary schools out performed state MAP averages by nearly 15 percent or higher in all categories.
    • Elementary students ranked 1st or 2nd place in all grades for English Language Arts in the COC.
    • Sixth grade students place 1st in the COC in both English Language Arts and Mathematics.
    • Early Childhood Center opened with 57 additional students over last year.
    • Zac Rantz was named on of four national NSPRA "Front Runners."
    • Mabile communication platforms with improved app and social media have been expanded.
    • Nixa High School varsity football team was named COC district champions.
    • Sodexo was awarded food service contract.
    • Garrett Lowder, JTSD teacher, was anemd on of ten 2014 STEM Educator Award Winners.
    • XLT has record enrollment for the 2014-2015 school year - 472+.
    • Sodexo helped oversee the completion of the door security project.

    2013

    • Total student enrollment - 5,909
    • 489 certified staff (+14) - 184 support staff (+3) Total 673 (+17)
    • Beginning teacher salary - $33,600
    • Nixa Public Schools levy $4.31 since 2004.
    • 97.9% on Annual Performance Report as conducted by Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (new accountability system/MSIP 5).
    • Accredited with Distinction for twelfth year in a row.
    • Nixa High School named Gold Star School by Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
    • Nixa High School named US Department of Education Blue Ribbon School.
    • 2 FEMA shelters (Mathews Elementary and Inman Intermediate) opened (only ones in the city).
    • Videos and signatures required for employees available electronically for first time.
    • Girls' soccer finished 4th in the state.
    • Joe Velliquette named state wrestling champion.
    • NHS earned a MSHSAA 5-Star Leadership School for three years in a row. One of 11 schools in the state to receive the distinction all 3 years in the program's existence.
    • Computers
      • New open lab at high school
      • Additional open lab at junior high (created by move of instructional lab to new addition)
      • Five additional computers for each of the HS business labs
      • Eight donated computers for new Dyslexia program
      • Computers installed in new FEMA gyms (MT and IN)
    • Construction Projects
      • HS addition (5 classrooms; 1 open lab)
      • JH addition (5 classrooms; 1 open lab)
      • ST infill (2 classrooms)
      • FEMA gyms MT and IN
    • Tech Academy Levels 1, 2, 3 continue -- first graduating class honored May 2013
    • Tablets (iPad / Chromebook / Windows
      • 8th grade and 7/8 split science iPads (120)
      • JH English iPads (20)
      • XLT expansion iPads (25)
      • JTSD new 5th grade iPads (24)
      • MT first grade iPads (2)
      • Misc. individual iPads (7)
      • 8th Grade English Chromebooks (130)
      • Two HS English Chromebooks mobile carts (30 devices each)
      • J Swindell (HS English) classroom Chromebooks (8)
      • ALERT K-12 Chromebooks (26)
      • ALERT K-4 Chromebooks (10)
      • XLT Asus tablets (16)
      • HS Coaching staff Latitude 10 tablets (5)
    • Complete rewrite of CSIP in May.
    • Spirit of Inclusion for Administrators.
    • Over 2000 applicants apply online for positions.
    • Human Resources office interviews over 400 applicants per year as compared to 200 applicants in earlier years/
    • Major revision to teacher and counselor evaluation.
    • Began dyslexia program with partnership with Cox Hospital and Burrell Mental Health.
    • Implemented co-teaching program with all student teachers/cooperating teachers in the district.
    • Hired career education counselor.
    • Hired fourth school resource officer.
    • Early Learning Center was named MSBA Future Builders Early Childhood Program of the Year.
    • Dr. Stephen Kleinsmith and Zac Rantz were awarded the top communication award in the nation, "Leadership through Communication National Award" by AASA and NSPRA.
    • NPS named "Developer of the Year" by Springfield Contractors Association.
    • SHAC (School Health Advisory Committee) implemented the "Iron Chef" competition to promote healthy eating at school and home.

    2012

    • Student enrollment - 5,913
    • 475 certified staff (10+) - 181 support staff (+9) Total 656 (+19)
    • Beginning teacher salary - $33,660
    • $9,000,000 bond issue passed with 76.60% yes vote for junior high and high school expansion and high school athletic favility improvement including new field turf.
    • Nixa Public Schools levy $4.31 since 2004
    • Accredited with Distinction in Performance for eleven years in a row.
    • Annual Performance Report yielded a perfect score for 11 years in a row placing NPS in the top 3-4% statewide. Nixa Board of Education received the MSBA Education Leadership Team Program of Excellence Award.
    • NHS nominated by the MO Commissioner of Education along with only 6 other high schools in the state to qualify for the National Blue Ribbon Award.
    • First STEAM magnet school for K-6 in the state came to fruition, John Thomas School of Discovery.
    • NPS per pupil expenditure rate is @2,100 less than the state average.
    • Two FEMA shelters were constructed using 75% federal dollars.
    • NPS partnered with city and local law enforcement to create a Drug and Suicide Intervention Task Force.
    • District's annual attendance rate: 96% compared to the state of Missouri's rate of 93.3%. 
    • The district implemented a cost neutral Nixa Youth Sports Program. Over $90,000 was raised in corporate sponsorships.
    • Deployment of 500+ iPads in the district.
    • Technology plan was rewritten and approved (2012 - 2015).
    • Implementation of an additional open-lab at each elementary building (to be used primarily for testing).
    • Processed $33.2 million in payroll (largest ever).
    • 1700 online applications to work at NPS.
    • Nixa Education Foundation 2nd Annual Gala had over 300 in attendance and awarded over $5,000 in grants.
    • New athletic website was implemented.
    • XLT provided wrap around care for children attending the Early Learning Center.
    • Elementary schools receive the USDA US Healthier Bronze Award.
    • OPAA added new fruit and veggie bars during school lunch time.
    • John Thomas School of Discovery was renovayted for students.
    • Bus inspection yielded 100% for all busses earning the "Total Fleet Excellence" award for the tenth year in a row.
    • Safety and Security Team attended training in Maryland during Hurricane Sandy.
    • Radon tests were conducted satisfactorily.
    • ACT composite average of 23.7 (an all-time high).
    • NPS had overall composite ranking of #1 in the COC, including Springfield in MAP/EOC in all areas.
    • Cumulative GPA for grades 9-12 was 3.1.
    • Devon Smith was named national champion for Speech and Debate for a second year in a row.
    • NHS named 5-Star Leadership Banner Program for the second year in a row through MSHSAA (only 25 in the state).
    • Joe Velliquette named state wrestling champion.
    • NHS qualified all MSHSAA activity and athletic program for Scholastic Achievement Awards. The average GPA of an NHS student participating in athletics/activities is 3.46.
    • 27 SCORE students received diplomas (248 graduates since 1999).
    • Two SCORE students received academic letters from NHS.
    • All elementary and intermediate schools acheived Bronze level for the Healthier US School Challenge.
    • John Thomas School of Discovery received 1,282 applicants for 436 openings.
    • A lottery system used to select students to attend John Thomas School of Discovery.
    • 320 iPads were deployed for focused technology integration at JTSD.
    • The majority of elementary faculty members has developed and is maintaining their own classroom website.
    • NJH had five students score a perfect scale score on the MAP assessment.
    • iPads were implemented in all 7th grade science classrooms.
    • Mathews Elementary named a training center for site reviews for Positive Behavior Support Intervention by DESE.
    • Century Elementary reaches Bronze level for PBIS.
    • The Deborah Lawson Outdoor Classroom was designed and opened.
    • Early Learning Center was named first runner up for the MSBA Future Builders Early Childhood Program of the year for the 2nd year in a row.
    • Early Learning Center served over 207 students (highest ever).
    • Early Learning Center was invited to host workshops for both Project Construct and PBIS based on exemplary practice.
    • XLT enrollment reached 384, an all-time high.
    • XLT implemented after school STEAM activities with grant monies received.
    • Quick News has 3,000+ non-employee subscriptions.
    • The Rapid Notification System (formally AlertNow) reached approximately 20,000 phone numbers for nearly 6,999 students and staff.
    • MSIP 5 begins.
    • ACT scores are well above state and national average. Best in COC and second highest in Nixa Public Schools history.
    • Early Learning Center was again awarded first runner-up for the Early Childhood Program of the Year by the MSBA Future Builders Program.
    • Nixa High School drop-out rate is 1.3% compared to the State's 4.3%.
    • Twenty new school busses, bus surveillance cameras and bus radios were purchased to increase safety, security and to monitor discipline problems.
    • 22 grants were awarded from the Nixa Community Foundation totaling almost $56,000.
    • Missouri Preschool Project was awarded the tenth year in a row - $72,250.
    • School Age Community Grant (XLT) - $24,215.
    • Title III Secure Rural Schools (Firewise) $50,693.
    • Burrell's Horizons Grant to John Thomas School of Discovery - $10,000.
    • MAP/EOC scores improved over last school year. Ranking #1 in COC including Springfield and the highest yet for Nixa.
    • NPS was specifically selected by Gov. Jay Nixon for a press release regarding the release of additional education funds "because of our leaders; willingness to confront educational issues" and to recognize NPS' decade of academic excellence.
    • NPS' transportation department was awarded the "Total Fleet Excellence" status by the MO State Highway Patrol.
    • NHS Speech and Debate ranked top 8 internationally.
    • Nixa Boys sport coaches were chosen to receive the COC large school division "All Sports Award."
    • Senator Jay Wasson hosted the two-time state champion Nixa Bowling team introducing them on the Senate Floor.
    • Nixa Alumni Directory creation.
    • Computers added:
      • Four laptops for HS coaches in new field house facility.
      • Open computer labs for K-4
      • MacBook Pro laptops for JTSD teachers (25)
      • Mobile laptop (14) cart for SCORE
      • 135 laptops purchased for teacher lifecycle (moving from traditional destop computers).
    • Tech Academy Levels 1, 2, 3 were offered to district staff.
    • Tablets (iPad / Chromebook / Windows):
      • 7th grade science 1:1 iPads (100)
      • JTSD student iPads (420)
      • Sped teacher iPads (20)
      • XLT iPad expansion (40)
      • Process Coordinators iPads (6)
      • Misc. Individual iPads (15)

    2011

    • Student enrollment - 5,803
    • 465 certified staff (+3) - 172 support staff (+11) Total 637 (+14)
    • Beginning teacher salary - $33,000
    • Nixa Public Schools levy $4.31 since 2004.
    • 100% on Annual Performance report as conducted by Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
    • Accredited with Distinction for tenth year in a row.
    • APR yielded a perfect score for 10 years in a row.
    • Nixa Board of Education received the MSBA Education Leadership Team Program of Excellence Award.
    • Nixa Board of Education named on of 19 boards nominated for MSBA OBOE award out of 524 districts.
    • NPS was awarded two FEMA grants for tornado shelters (over $1.9 million).
    • Nixa Public Schools began the XLT (Extended Learning Time) program which provides care for students befor and after school. City parks department had provided care previously.
    • Century Elementary was first to receive the US Healthier Choice award. Dr. Kopp and Mrs. Lawson were invited ot the White house b Mrs. Obama in recognition of the award.
    • Brent Dunn was the recipient of the MSU Excellence in Community Service Award.
    • NPS staff and board members made 6 presentations at the MSBA Fall Conference (most ever).
    • Faught Administration Center opens.
    • District Comprehensive School Improvement Plan received an Award of Merit by MOSPRA.
    • Magnet school proposal submitted to the board and superintendent.
    • District's average attendance rate is 95.9% compared to the state's rate of 94.4%.
    • District's wireless network expanded to all buildings except SCORE.
    • Technology Academy continues to be a success; 31 teachers in Level 1 and 26 teachers in Level 2. 
    • Processed $32.9 million in payroll (largest ever).
    • Academic Pep Rallies wer held celevrating 10 Years of Accreditation with Distinction.
    • Implemneted new online enrollment system - EZ Registration.
    • NPS Wellness Committee and Rob Corliss, Executive Chef of Wellness, and OPAA! introduced "The Garden Spot: providing additional healthy food choices at High Pointe Elementary and Summit Intermediate.
    • US Department of Transportation conducted a spot inspection on 35 of 39 busses. All received 100%.
    • Alliance Bus received 100% rating on all ubs inspections for the ninth year in a row from the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
    • All pre K-6 buildings have secure entryways with district wide camera system.
    • ACT composite is 23.7 (an all-time high).
    • NPS had an overal composite ranking of #1 in the COC in MAP/EOC in all areas again.
    • NHS students qualified for national competition in debate, JROTC, FBLA, Science and Skills, USA.
    • Science and debate competed internationally with debate finishing 3rd and science student Devin Smith named national champion.
    • High school boys' basketball runner-up in state in 5A basketball.
    • NHS named 5-Star Leadership Program in its inaugural year through MSHSAA (only 25 in state).
    • NHS qualified all MSHSAA activity and athletic programs for Scholastic Acheivement awards. Average GPA was 3.42.
    • 27 SCORE students received diplomas. (Total of 225 graduates since 1999).
    • RTI is fully implemented in all elementary school.s
    • Walking School Bus grant is awarded to Mathews and Thomas Elementary Schools.
    • Summit Intermediate receives two grants totaling over $20,000 to support outdoor education and Fire-Wise Education.
    • Early Learning Center served 199 children.
    • Received the Missouri Preschool Project grant totaling $85,000.
    • Program enrollment for XLT reached 360 children (an all-time high).
    • Early Learning Center offers "wrap-around" care for preschool children.
    • XLT received a grant for $59,644 from DESE for the implementation of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics).
    • NPS per-pupil expenditure is $2,100 less than the state average.
    • Academic Huddle, Pro Com and Koffee with Kleinsmith continue to provide excellent staff and community conversations.
    • The State of the Community and quarterly city/county/Board of Education continue to be excellent meetings providing information on trends and issues in our community.
    • Quick News has 3,000 non-employee subscriptions.
    • AlertNow has implemented EZ School Registration for enrollment purposes/
    • NHS's drop-out rate is 1.3% compared to the state's 4.3%
    • Project manager will be maintained to oversee new building projects in 2012 and 2014.
    • Tax levy of $4.31 has been maintained since 2004.
    • Plans are in place to remedy aging bus fleet.
    • PayPams allows parent access to student food service accounts.
    • Twenty four CSIP acrion plans will be implemented in 2012.
    • MAP/EOC scores improved over last school year (the BEST in the COC and highest for Nixa).
    • High school track resurfaced.
    • 24-station computer lab added for high school music department.
    • Tech Academy Levels 1 and 2 implemented.
    • Tablets (iPad/Chromebook/Windows):
      • Board of Education begins using iPads (10)
      • XLT program makes first purchase of iPads (10)
      • Sped makes first purchase of iPads (40)
      • HS Guidance office iPads (4)
      • SRO iPads (2)
      • Admin Staff iPads (30)
      • Teacher iPads (2 HS science, 1 drama, 2 A+)

    2010

    • Student enrollment - 5,633
    • 462 certified staff (+2) - 161 support staff (+25) Total 623 (+27)
    • Beginning teacher salary - $33,000
    • 100% on Annual Performance report as conducted by Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
    • Accredited with Distinction for ninth year in a row.
    • Nixa Public Schools levy $4.31 since 2004.
    • Dr. Stephen Kleinsmith received the Missourian Award in Jefferson City.
    • Dr. Stephen Kleinsmith received Missouri's Superintendent of the Year Award/Robert Pierce Award.
    • Nixa Board of Education was one of 19 boards nominated for MSBA Outstanding Board of Education Award, out of 524 districts.
    • Nixa Board of Education was one of eight in the state to earn the Educational Leadership Team Award.
    • Nixa Public Schools ranked number 1 in MAP/EOC scores in all content areas in the COC.
    • Excellence Fair focuses on Safety and Security.
    • AARA Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant allow purchase of lighting retrofits throughout Nixa Public Schools buildings in return allowing NPS to give an "in-kind" donation of labor valued at $100,116.
    • Dr. Stephen Kleinsmith's Op-ed article, "Waiting for Superman" was printed in local, state and national venues.
    • First Nixa Education Foundation gala held.
    • Early Childhood program named runner-up for the 2010 MSBA Future Builders Early ChildHood Program of the year award.
    • Implementation of the District Technology Academy and Smart Certification program.
    • Implementation of building-wide wireless access at Summit, Inman and the District Technology and Training Center.
    • P-card rebate increased by 34%.
    • District staff survey on over-extension and selective abandonment said that 98% were proud to be NPS employees.
    • Dr. Stephen Kleinsmith, superintendent spoke on FOX national news.
    • 1,300 online applications for employment.
    • Complete revision of Crisis Plan.
    • Development of a district wide recycling program including all classrooms and stadiums.
    • Implementation of a corporate sponsorship/donation program.
    • Complete change to whole wheat breads, tortillas, pasta and pancakes in cafeterias.
    • NPS awarded a grant from Missouri Re-leaf that prodived 72 tress planted throughout the district.
    • Main Street students, faculty and staff moved to Summit Intermediate.
    • Central Office moved to newly renovated offices and Faught Administractive Center.
    • Strategos International provided a new approach to active shooters in the school environment. 70 participants.
    • District Safety/Security commnets boxed installed at each building.
    • Missouri State Highway Patrol Fleet Excellence Award for 100% inspection on all busses for the eighth year in a row.
    • State Champions in swimming, industrial technology, speech and debate, drama and choir.
    • National qualifiers in speech and debate, drama and FBLA.
    • Response to Intervention (RTI) implemented in all elementary buildings.
    • 175 children received services in preschool.
    • Awarded Missouri Preschool Project grant for ninth year in a row. ($73,000)
    • Gardens are introduced in select schools.
    • New corporate and athletic logos were established.
    • "Care to Learn-Nixa" was established taking care of children's immediate needs of health, hunger and hygiene.
    • Quarterly City/Board of Education "joint" meetings keep everyone abreast of current issues and event.s
    • Quick News goes to 2,800 non-employee subscriptions and continues to increase.
    • Koffee with Kleinsmith continues discussing trends and issues in NPS.
    • Parent Portal implemented which allows parents immediate access to their child's information.
    • District reaches over 35% Free and Reduced meals for students.
    • ALERTNow reaches approximately 25,000 phone numbers for nearly 6,000 students.
    • Employee Appreciation Calendar was developed so all employees are recognized for the work they do.
    • Board makes decision to employ a project manager to oversee building projects.
    • District refinances Bond Series 2002 saving taxpayers close to $400,000.
    • Nixa high shcool baseball field underwent major renovation due to generous donations from patrons and Sodexo.
    • District seeks funding for two FEMA shelters.
    • New TEAMS (Tutoring Effectively and Mentoring Students) program implemented to help students improve academic acheivement.
    • Commencement ceremonies move to new JGH arena on Missouri State University campus.
    • First NEF gala held in May honoring educators.
    • Laptops purchased for teacher computers at Summit (a move from the traditional desktop).
    • ARRA funds used through Sped to purchase 14 student desktops and 32 student laptops.
    • ARRA funds used to install projectors and SMART Boards in at least 10 classrooms
    • FAC Renovation; Summit school building; HP infill (2 rooms).
    • Tech Academy Level 1 was implemented.
    • Over 1,300 applicants applied online for positions with Nixa Public Schools.
    • The District Technology and Training Center was named a US Green Building with LEED Silver Certification.
    • SHAC implemented the "FEAR FACTOR" fruits and vegetables challenge in elementary cafeterias.

    2009

    • Student enrollment - 5,537
    • 460 certified staff (+8) - support staff 136 (-11) Total 596 (-3)
    • Beginning teacher salary - $33,000
    • $18,500,000 bond issue passed iwth 72.45% in April for Summit (fifth- and sixth-grade building), Technology Center, main Street renovations, technology at Thomas Elementary and renovation of tennis courts at high school.
    • Nixa Public Schools levy $4.31 since 2004.
    • $9.1 million was awarded as QSCB saving taxpayers millions in interest.
    • Nixa School Board was a finalist for the MSBA "Outstanding School Board of the Year" award.
    • Nixa Board of Education received the MSBA Education Leadership Team Program of Excellence Award.
    • Peggy Taylor, board member serves on MSBA Board of Directors as President.
    • Glen Scott, winner of Region 10 Paul Morris Educational Leadership Award.
    • Nixa teachers' salary remains in top 25% in the COC at $33,000.
    • E-verify process was implemented.
    • 100% on Annual Performance Report as conducted by Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
    • Accredited with Distinction for eigth year in a row.
    • APR was met with 100%.
    • Sodexo became a partner with Nixa Public Schools January 2nd; responsible for cleaning and maintenance of all district buildings and grounds.
    • The Missouri Preschool Project grant ($65,000) was awarded for the eigth year in a row.
    • PAT served 647 families and 750 children in the district.
    • The position of TOSA in Special Services was added with ARRA funds.
    • Purchase of special handicapped bus with ARRA funds.
    • Partnership of OERI with goal of increasing student performance among all special education students.
    • Power school implemented.
    • ARRA funds help technology use with the purchase of 111 student machines, flip video cameras (5-6), 63 student machines, 16 SMART Boards, projectors and sound in Special Education rooms.
    • Renovation of 6 major computer labs (200 computers).
    • NPS pupil expenditure is $7,228 vs. State per pupil expenditure of $9,338.
    • Academic Huddle began.
    • Pro-Com continues.
    • SafeBase becomes XLT (Extended Learning Time). District takes before and after school child care program over from cite.
    • Exit surveys with departing teachers started by human resource department.
    • District received the National Golden Acheivement Award for the National School Public Relations Association for the ALERT Now/Meal Benefit Programs.
    • Implemented school wide website remodel.
    • District chooses a formal district logo that is now the official district trademark: "Excellence in Action."
    • District began the Interagency Team as part of the At-Risk Program.
    • Alliance Bus received 100% on school bus state inspection for seventh year in a row.
    • Cafeteria begins serving more whole grains at both breakfast and lunch.
    • "Fear Factor Fruit" joins "Fear Factory Vegetable" in elementary cafeterias.
    • All children receive breakfast regardless of time they arrive at school.
    • Safety and Security Committee formed.
    • Security/surveillance cameras installed in all K-6 buildings.
    • Secure entrances at most buildings (except Espy, Mathews and high school).
    • District wide 2-way radio communication established.
    • First year of implementation of "honors classes" at junior high and high school in al core areas.
    • Major roofing projects at junior high school and Thomas Elementary.
    • Nixa Junior High mixed choir was selected to perform at the state Missouri Music Educators Association Conference.
    • High school cheerleading and girls' basketball were State Champions.
    • Nick brink named 100 Freestyle champion at state and chosen as an US Scholastic Swimming All American.
    • Will Sparipani scored a 100% on the ACT.
    • Crimson Corps wins the Gold Division Championship of MSU Ozarko marching band competition.
    • SCORE graduates 20 students.
    • SCORE received $14,400 Service Learning Grants.
    • Espy Elementary named a National Blue Ribbon School.
    • Century and Espy Elementary Schools named state Gold Start Schools (2 of 15 in state).
    • Thomas library, office, nurse office and entrace were remodeled.
    • Mathews Elementary gets a walking trail.
    • Mathews Elementary pilots strawberry milk due to a student action research project.
    • Student data walls implemented at all elementary schools.
    • Inman and Main Street (fifth and sixth grades) receive "eMINTS for All" grants ($200,000).
    • Implementation of Positive Behavior Support program at some elementary schools as pilot.
    • Quick News has 2400 non-employee subscriptions.
    • AlertNow reaches approximately 25,000 phone numbers for nearly 6,000 students and staff.
    • NHS's drop-out rate is 2.4% compared to the State's 4.3%.
    • Vender verification forms were implemented.
    • Missouri Preschool Project was awarded a grant for $65,000.
    • Tennis courts were resurfaced.
    • CSIP: New mission statement, objectives, belief statements, parameters and 10 strategies approved.
    • Election Day (no school for students) for third year. Excellence Fair (professional development) was held for faculty and staff.
    • Early Learning Center is maxed out for space. Remodeling and expansion began.
    • Computer labs updated.
    • Mac to PC Project (K-4 teachers moved from Mac computers to Windows desktop computers; including instructional labs).
    • 16-station district training lab at the tech center.
    • 111 laptops for grades 5-6 with ARRA grant (eMINTS model PD included 3 student laptops for each classroom).

    2008

    • Student enrollment - 5,447
    • 452 certified staff (+18) - support staff 147 (-21) Total 599 (-3)
    • Beginning teacher salary - $32,000
    • 100% on Annual Performance Report as conducted by Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
    • Accredited with Distinction for seventh year in a row with 100% APR.
    • Nixa Public Schools levy $4.31 since 2004.
    • MAP scores were first in the COC again.
    • 79 action plans for CSIP to work on.
    • Community Interagency Team established.
    • First full time technology and communications teachers on special assignment (TOSA) added to staff.
    • Changed to Exchange email system. @nixaschool.net
    • Alliance Bus 100% received on state bus inspection for the sixth year in a row.
    • First part time at-risk coordinator added.
    • At-risk audit completed and CARE teams trained.
    • District Wellness Program began for all school employees.
    • OPAA begins chef program - "Eat a Rainbow."
    • Professional development goes to next level with blogs and podcasting.
    • International speaker, Eric Jensen, spoke on Brain Research at "Excellence Fair."
    • Implemented Alert Now (rapid response system).
    • Web managers hired for all buildings.
    • Increased "Quick News" subscriptions by over 1,000% (from 220 to over 3,000).
    • Nixa Education Foundation (NEF) gives grants to teachers for first time.
    • Increased free and reduced rate by 10% resulting in 650 more students receiving free-reduced breakfast and lunch.
    • Key personnel are now equipped with two-way radios as a back-up system to cell phones.
    • Implemented driver's education classes during the school year. 
    • Two high school students selected as National Merit Finalists.
    • High school academic team have been named COC champions secen of the last nine years.
    • Nick Brink earns state champion in boys' swimming.
    • Speech and debate named COC champion for fourth straight year.
    • Nixa junior high had top MAP scores in COC and Springfield Schools.
    • Rededication of Howard Pyle Stadium.
    • SCORE graduates 12 students in December.
    • New Tutoring Effectively and mentoring (TEAM) program with pre- and post-assessment in place for elementary students.
    • 95% of elementary parents attend parent-teacher conferences.
    • Five elementary teachers receive National Board Certification. Board adds $1,000 stipend for accomplishment.
    • Received Missouri Preschool Project grant in the amount of $65,000
    • Parents as Teachers (PAT) served over 690 children ages birth to age four.
    • Hosted the "State of the Community" Dinner.
    • Implemented and hosted quarterly meetings with the city and Board of Education.
    • Board meeting televised on cable network channel #3.
    • Dr. Kleinsmith served as the Treasurer of the Committee for Educational Equality which lost at state Supreme Court.
    • District adds $1 million to implement Title I "type" services not covered by federal Title I funds.
    • District hires first full-time communcations coordinator.
    • Nixa administrators' salaries adjuisted to more competitive amounts.
    • Early Learning Center space is maxed out with 168 students enrolled.
    • NEF began grant process by giving grants to teachers.
    • Students who had parking priviliges were added to random drug testing pool.
    • Two eMINTS classrooms, SMART Boards, projectors and sound were added to classrooms. Computers updated.
    • Technology integration specialist positino added to technology staff.

    2007

    • Student enrollment - 5,288
    • 434 certified staff (+31) - 168 support staff (+26) Total 602 (57)
    • Beginning teacher salary - $30,569
    • District selected by the Nixa Area Chamber of Commerce for "Member of the Year" and "Impact Award."
    • District maintained a tax levy of $4.31 since April, 2004.
    • District received 417 Magazine's "Best Place to Work" award.
    • 100% on Annual Performance report as conducted by Department of Elementary and Seconday Education.
    • Accredited with Distinction for sixth year in a row.
    • MAP scores rank #1 in COC conference again.
    • Nixa Board of Education received the MSBA Education Leadership Team Program of Excellence Award.
    • Third school resource officer added.
    • Map scores the highest ever!
    • Elementary student attendance boundaries redrawn.
    • New elementary building opens in the fall of 2007.
    • Preschool awarded Missouri Preschool Grant for sixth year in a row - $55,000.
    • Transition kindergarten program shows large academic gain in screening after completing program.
    • Three teachers received national board Certification.
    • New library completed at Espy Elementary.
    • "Fear Factor Fridays" implemented by OPAA, Food Service Department.
    • Heating and air conditioning project at Mathews Elementary completed.
    • Partnership with Nixa Parks and Recreation complete new baseball diamond at High Pointe Elementary.
    • 100% rating on all bus inspection for fifth year in a row.
    • Career Opportunity Center completed.
    • High school 3rd floor completed.
    • Trevor Collins named state wrestling champion - 3rd year in a row.
    • Speech and debated ranked in the top 1% nationally.
    • Implemented boys swin team for first time.
    • Desktop computers provided for all special education teachers.
    • BoardDocs fully implemented.
    • Board of Education implements "paperless" board meetings.
    • Surplus property can be viewed by public with computerized bidding.
    • Ozarks Coca-Cola full service agreement - healthy choices put into district offerings. 
    • First Board of Directors chosen for Nixa Education Foundation.
    • Monthly teacher contributions of $491 to the Nixa Education Foundation.
    • Quarterly ProCom (Professional Committee) meetings initiated.
    • First migration away from Macs to PCs for the district at Inman and Main Street.
    • Implementation of centralized printing at High Pointe, Mathew, Thomas and Espy Elementary Schools.
    • Web-based library system (Alexandria) implemented.
    • Visiting chef program implemented in partnership with College of the Ozarks.
    • First TOSA (teacher on special assignment) hired for human resources/professional development department.
    • Additional eMINTS classroom added.
    • Computer labs and teacher computers updated.
    • First 12-unit mobile labtop carts implemented for High Pointe Elementary and Junior High School.
    • SMART Boards, projectors and sound are added to classrooms.
    • Airliners added for teacher usage.
    • Soda was removed from all vending machines during school day under the recommendation of the SHAC (School Health Advisory Council).
    • SHAC sponsored the first NIXPO 5k run.
    • Walking trail completed at Mathews Elementary.

    2006

    • Student enrollment - 5,070
    • 403 certified staff (+27) - support staff 142 (-11) AmeriCorps no longer funded. Total 545 (+16)
    • Beginning teacher salary - $29,233
    • $11,400,000 bond issued passed with 80% yes for High Pointe Elementary, high school, Vocational Building, Espy Library, high school infill, and to finish elementary classrooms.
    • Nixa Public Schools levy $4.31 since 2004
    • 100% on Annual Performance Report as conducted by Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
    • Accredited with Distinction for fifth year in a row.
    • Nixa Board of Education received the MSBA Education Leadership Team Program of Excellence Award.
    • MSBA awarded Nixa Public Schools with the Highest Overall Academic Proficiency with the Lowest Per Pupil Expenditure Award.
    • Nixa Winter Guard earned State Championship.
    • The Board provided 100% board-paid insurance for employees for the first time.
    • 23.2 ACT scores at all-time high.
    • Karen McKnight hired as first female activities director.
    • First year for a kindergarten transition classroom.
    • All elementary cirricula can be assessed electronically.
    • MPP grant for $40,000 awarded for fifth year in a row.
    • Enrollment in preschool increased to 164 students (up 71 students).
    • Human resources director hired and human resources department was developed.
    • First "Academnic" Pep Rally held in honor of high state student assessment scores.
    • Implemented first on-line application process for all district applicants.
    • All classrooms in grades 3-6 have SMART boards and projector installations.
    • Board meetings are broadcast on SuddenLink cable channel #3.
    • Tutoring students was added as a "required" component of Career Ladder.
    • New K-4 boundary elementary school attendance lines drawn.
    • Wellness policy implemented.
    • All carbonated beverages and candy were removed from vending machines and replaced with healthier choices.
    • Alliance bus received 100% inspection award for fourth year in a row.
    • The position of part time communcation coordinator was implemented.
    • Trevor Collins and Nick Veiliquette were named state wrestling champions - 2nd year in a row for Collins.
    • Ozarks Educational Research Institute and Nixa Public Schools began a partnership to provide professional development for administrators.
    • Additional eMINTS classrooms were added.
    • Computer labs and classroom computers were updated.
    • SMART Boards, projectors and sound are added in classrooms.
    • Technology is added to high school 3rd floor infill (science wing) Career Opportunity Center, Espy Elementary Library and High Pointe Elementary School in major construction projects.
    • SHAC (School Health Advisory Council) was formed to provide guidelines for healthier eating in our schools.

    2005

    • Student enrollment - 4,785
    • 376 certified staff (+31) - 153 support staff (+18) Total 529 (+49)
    • Beginning teacher salary - $27,841
    • Nixa Public Schools levy $4.31 since 2004.
    • 100% on Annual Performance Report as conducted by Department of Elementary and Seconday Education.
    • Accredited with Distinction for fourth year in a row.
    • Nixa Board of Education received the MSBA Education Leadership Team Program of Excellence Award.
    • Mathews Elementary recognized by DESE as one of the top 10 most improved MAP scores in the state.
    • 100% rating on all bus inspections for third year in a row.
    • Classrooms without SMART Boards at Espy Elementary were equipped with SMART Boards by a large parent donation.
    • Missouri Preschool Project Grant Award of $64,000
    • Preschool program was awarded Missouri Accreditation.
    • Remedial math teachers hired for the first time in K-4 elementary schools.
    • High school graduation moved to Hammons Center on MSU campus in Springfield, MO due to space issues.
    • Collaboration with county resulted in no school for students on November election day.
    • Security cameras at high school and junior high upgraded. 
    • Implementation of the procurement card (P-card).
    • Implementation of PayPams (parents can pay on line for food service program).
    • Implementation of finger printing background check for all new employees.
    • Implementation of new special education process, SpedTrack
    • District volunteer program coordinates all volunteers in all buildings.
    • District allows payroll deduction for support of Nixa Community Foundation.
    • High school class takes on responsibility of district website. 
    • Third and final year for AmeriCorp.
    • Work begins with architect on new elementary building.
    • Junior high press box at football field renovated.
    • Teachers hired to increase preschool programs by 30 children - 93 students.
    • 100 car parking-lot added at Mathews Elementary.
    • Students ran in the Katrina Fun Run and filled a bus with over 4,000 water bottles for victims of Hurricane Katrina.
    • SCORE graduated 14 students with nine students graduating  in December, Total 23 students.
    • Trevor Collins named state wrestling champion.
    • Additional eMINTS classroom and computer labs added.
    • SMART Boards, projectors and sound added to classrooms in district.

    2004

    • Total student enrollment - 4,370
    • 345 certified staff (+17) - 145 support staff (+145) Total 490 (+36)
    • Beginning teacher salary - $26,265
    • $5,650,000 bond issue passed by 77% for half of the high school 3rd floor to be finished, (4) Century Elementary classrooms, high school lease purchase paid, and a new phone system.
    • Nixa Public Schools levy $3.90
    • Levy increase passed in February for increase of $.41 with 71% yes vote bringing to $4.31.
    • New strategic plan (Comprehensive School Improvement Plan) was developed.
    • MAP scores showed improvement and ranked top school distract in COC.
    • Accredited with Distinction for Performance for third year in a row.
    • 100% on Annual Performance Report as conducted by Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
    • Espy Elementary named in top 10 in the state in math.
    • Lori Elliott earned national Board Certification (first in Southwest Missouri)
    • Nixa Educational Foundation (NEF) formed.
    • Developed School Resource Officer (SRO) Program.
    • 100% rating on all bus inspections for second year in a row.
    • Junior high conferences increase from 40% to 84% parent participation.
    • High school extended school day by 12 minutes - cost neutral.
    • SROs became full time school employees (2 school resource officers)
    • Added the first defribillator at high school.
    • MPP grant approved for third year for $91,000
    • District Volunteer Program organized and implemented to include background checks.
    • AmeriCorps grant for second year.
    • Received a Nixa Community Foundation grant to provide lock boxes for all campus emergency entry.
    • Nixa elementary students donated over $10,000 to the Nixa Community Foundation and the American red Cross.
    • Patti Arnold was named the first female high school administrator for Nixa Public Schools.
    • Nixa Board of Education received MSBA's Outstanding Board Award.
    • Quick News and Key Communicators implemented for better communication. 
    • Additional eMINTS classrooms added.
    • Additional computer labs added.
    • SMART boards, projectors and sound were added to classrooms.
    • Technology was added to high school 3rd floor infill (lecture hall).
    • Walking trail created at Espy Elementary.

    2003

    • Student enrollment - 4,198
    • 328 certified staff (+2) - 126 support staff (+4) Total staff 454 (+6)
    • Accredited with Distinction for second year in a row.
    • 100% on Annual Performance report as conducted by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
    • Beginning teacher salary - $26,265
    • Nixa Public Schools levy $3.90
    • AmeriCorps Program implemented.
    • Alliance Bus received 100% rating on all bus inspections.
    • Century and Espy Elementary Schools started the Accelerated School Project.
    • Four additional classrooms finished at Century Elementary.
    • Enrollment increased by 22% at Century Elementary.
    • Missouri Preschool Project grant was awarded for $120,900.
    • Telephone upgrades at Espy Elementary, Thomas Elementary, Junior High School and Central Office.
    • Director of Finance named School Business Manager of the Year.
    • District introduced random drug testing for student athlete.
    • eMINTS classrooms continue to expand.
    • Additional computer labs added.
    • SMART boards, projector and sound added to classrooms.

    2002

    • Student enrollment - 4,002
    • 326 certified staff (+22) - 122 support staff (+16) Total 448 (+38)
    • Beginning teacher salary - $26,265
    • $7,000,000 bond issue passed with 86% yes votes for Main Street renovation for fifth and sixth grades, air conditioning, payment for lease, foreign language lab, playground equipment, high school road, and restrooms at high school.
    • Nixa Public Schools levy $3.90
    • 100% on Annual Performance Report as conducted by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
    • Accredited with Distinction for the first year.
    • Air conditioning, asphalt and roof replacement - district wide.
    • A language lab was added at the high school.
    • High school started collaboration time.
    • "Teaming" at junior high started.
    • New K-6 elementary math program implemented.
    • 10% increase in "Adopt a Class" business partners from the year before.
    • Increased enrollment at Ozark Technical College.
    • Lowered dropout rate to 205%.
    • New SCORE facility was custom built and leased by NPS.
    • Credit recovery and extended hours at SCORE with Nova Net was implemented. 
    • Missouri Preschool Project grant was written and awarded for the coming school year.
    • AmeriCorps Program was developed and a grant was awarded.
    • 4.5% pay increase for certified staff, additional step on the salary schedule, additional 10% board-paid insurance (2nd year in a row).
    • Wellness program for staff was developed and implemented.
    • Board paid portion to St. John's Fitness Center for employees.
    • Main Street renovation for fifth- and sixth-graders.
    • eMINTS classrooms expanded to add more classrooms.
    • Computer labs updated.
    • SMART boards, projectors and sound added to classrooms.
    • New technology installed at SCORE building and Main Street school.
    • Third netwrok technician hired in technology department.
    • High shcool boys' bsketball took 3rd place at state.
    • Walking trail created at Century Elementary.

    2001

    • Student enrollment - 3,813
    • 304 certified staff (+19) - 106 support staff (+6) Total 410 (+25)
    • Beginning teacher salaray - $25,134
    • Nixa Public Schools levy - $3.90
    • Eagle's Nest (Daycare) was closed.
    • "District newsletters" implemented.
    • Key Communicators Network established.
    • Monthly superintendent coffees wer started ("Koffee with Kleinsmith").
    • An additional parent/teacher conference was addd during spring.
    • New Scott-Foresman reading program implemented in grades K-6.
    • 4.5% pay increase for certified staff, additional step on the salary schedule, additional 10% board-paid insurance (2nd year in a row).
    • Major update to teacher evaluation.
    • Two eMINTS classrooms were added to Century and were partially funded through and extension grant.
    • Computer labs continued to be added in schools.
    • SMART boards, projectors and sound were added to additional classrooms.

    2000

    • Student Enrollment - 3,690
    • Employees - 285 certified staff (+30) - 100 support staff (+6) Total 382 (+36)
    • Stephen Kleinsmith, Ed. D. was hired by the Nixa BOE as superintendent of schools.
    • Strategic planning (Cambridge Model) was implemented.
    • Beginning teacher salary - $24,052
    • Nixa Public Schools Levy - $3.90
    • $5,400.000 bond issue passed with 64% yes vote to purchase Herndon Land, Century Elementary land, Moore land and completion of high school.
    • Nixa Board of Education received MSBA's Outstanding Board Award.
    • Coke contract was re-negotiated: $100,000 plus commission.
    • Espy Elementary named "Gold Star" School by Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
    • A district-wide policy was adopted on parent involvement.
    • Principal Advisory Committees (PAC) implemented at each school. 
    • Key Communicators Network developed for the purpose of communicating effectively with all members of the community.
    • Main Street building renovated for fifth- and sixth-graders.
    • Electronic cirriculum database was established which aligns with district, state and national standards
    • Character Education was implemented at all buildings
    • JROTC program established in grade eight.
    • Students occupied new high school, Fall 2000.
    • Junior high students moved to the "old high school," Fall 2000.
    • First two eMINTS classrooms were implemented at Espy Elementary and wer funded by a state grant.
    • Computer labs were established.
    • Computers were updated.
    • SMART Boards with projectors and sound were implemented. 
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