Springfield South High School

Clark State Community College President Dr. Jo Alice Blondin has just finished her first year on the job at the school.  During the first year of her tenure, she has been busy meeting the challenge of developing ways the college can improve.

Blondin came to Springfield last July from the Ozark Campus at Arkansas Tech University to replace Karen Rafinski. She recently helped Clark State develop a five-year strategic plan designed to improve academic programs, enrollment and graduation rates. Blondin explained that a team effort was needed in order to create an effective strategy.

An open house was held at South High School recently to give residents a look at what will soon become the new educational hub.
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The doors of historic Springfield South High School, which closed in 2008, were once again open to the public this week. An open house allowed residents and alumni to see what will soon become an educational hub for four other Clark County schools.

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Springfield's former South High School, built in the early 1900s, is on its way to becoming an educational hub for students. Recently, a consortium of four local schools received an $11.3 million state Straight A grant for the renovation.

South High will now be called the Greater Springfield Career ConnectED Center, and it will house the  Global Impact Stem Academy,  Springfield City Schools, Clark-Shawnee Local and the Career Tech Center under the title of College and Career Readiness Hub. The plan is to offer education for in-demand careers and become a center of innovation.