William H. Darr and the Darr Family Foundation’s latest gift will greatly expand agriculture education and opportunities for Missouri State and Springfield students.
A $6.5 million gift will fund the construction of two buildings – a classroom building to house an SPS magnet school dedicated to agricultural education and a companion animal education facility for the William H. Darr College of Agriculture.
The gift is part of Onward, Upward: The Campaign for Missouri State University.
“Gifts from Bill and Virginia Darr and the Darr Family Foundation have completely transformed the Darr College of Agriculture,” said Missouri State President Clif Smart. “This gift will allow us to further expand our programs to better serve the needs of southwest Missouri.
“We’re also excited to be a part of a new education option for students in Springfield.”
The Darr Family Foundation’s investment in Springfield students represents the largest known gift in Springfield Public Schools’ history.
“This generosity and our strong collaboration with Missouri State allows SPS to continue our expansion of choice programming for students and their families,” said Dr. John Jungmann, superintendent of Springfield Public Schools. “The addition of an agriculture magnet school is an important part of a broader effort to enhance workforce development by ensuring our students are better prepared for a variety of college and career opportunities. We sincerely thank the Darr family and Missouri State for making this possible.”
SPS agricultural magnet school
The first building funded through this gift will become the home of a new choice program for Springfield Public Schools. The program will focus on agriculture education.
The building will serve approximately 150 elementary students.