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Missouri has postponed April municipal elections until June, a decision that could have a long-term impact on metro school districts asking voters to approve bonds for construction projects.

North Kansas City Schools, the state’s third largest school district, needs to replace two elementary schools, build an early childhood center and add on to Staley High School. There’s also a backlog of deferred maintenance at the district’s oldest school buildings. 

Teachers across the Ozarks are finding innovative ways to connect with their students since the coronavirus is forcing them to be apart.

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This week, teachers from Willard Central Elementary formed a car parade and drove through their students’ neighborhoods.  Cars bore messages such as “We Miss U,” “Keep Reading” and “You R World Changers.”  Kids drew messages for their teachers with sidewalk chalk and held up signs.  Both students and teachers waved at each other from a safe distance.

There’s rising doubt among school leaders that their students will return to school this spring.

Most schools in the St. Louis area are closed through April 3, for now, to help contain the spread of COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus. That date is starting to feel like just a placeholder for a more sustained closure.

SEMO Spotlight: Tyler Battista

Jan 31, 2020
Courtesy of Tyler Battista

Tyler Battista, a senior and an Acting major at Southeast Missouri State University, speaks about his experience playing the character 'Jason Dean' in SEMO's production of 'Heathers the Musical'. 

Governor Bruce Rauner this week is continuing a tour of school districts around the state to talk about school funding. But, a lawmaker proposing changes to the way Illinois funds schools questions the governor's rhetoric.

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