By GreatSchools Staff
Education quality score: 78.13
Median home price: $88,160
This tiny town is massively accomplished — indoors and out. Webb City has one of Missouri's best farmers markets, three war-hero monuments, a recently renovated library, a state-of-the-art tennis and fitness club, an acclaimed band that marches in the Rose Bowl, abundant parks, street murals, and an amphitheater. The Webb City High School Cardinals are nearly invincible in football; they've won eight state championships in the past two decades. Academically, Webb City schools are recognized as an "outperformer" by Standard and Poor’s because they've exceeded state expectations in 13 of the past 14 years. One facility — Harry S. Truman Elementary — boasts a GreatSchools 10 score, and every other institution is at least an 8.
Webb City taxpayers are willing to invest in scholastic excellence — they recently approved a $2 million bond to build four additional classrooms. But the primary ingredient in the district's success is Dr. Ron Lankford, the superintendent for the past 12 years, with a total of 40 years served in the district. Lankford was elected 2009's Missouri School Administrator of the Year by the Missouri Association of School Administrators, lauded as "one of the most effective school administrators in Missouri" in the Turner Report blog, and praised by state Commissioner of Education Chris Nicastro as "respected for his expertise and leadership in financial management and academic issues." Sadly for locals, Lankford is moving up the ladder in August 2010 to become the state's deputy education commissioner.
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