Award Year: 2016

Harry S. Truman Elementary School

810 North Highway D
Webb City, MO, 64870-8232

(417) 673-6085

Dr. Brenten Byrd, Principal at time of Nomination

Jodi Bennett, Current Principal

Title I School

Webb City R-7 School District

School Website


To prepare today's youth to meet the challenges of tomorrow's world through acquisition of knowledge and skills so they become a productive and responsible individual.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 92%
  • Hispanic: 1%
  • Asian: 2%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 3%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Truman students exploring the engineering process through STEM activities.

Truman students exploring the engineering process through STEM activities.

Harry S Truman Elementary is home to over 300 students in grades 2-4 from five rural communities: Webb City, Oronogo, Alba, Purcell, and Neck City. At Harry S Truman we learn together, play together, and grow together. Relationships are key to our success. The educational philosophy at our school is built on the importance of establishing lifelong and meaningful personal relationships with students and parents. We pride ourselves on knowing as much as possible about our students and the lives they lead both at school and home. Every student is a valued member of our Truman family.

Leadership at Harry S Truman is a combination of servant and shared leadership. We believe that every person in our building holds a leadership role. Our school uses a variety of ways to share leadership including a principal's advisory committee, intervention teams, data teams, along with a social committee and a Response to Intervention committee. Everyone in our building plays a vital role in meeting the needs all of our students, allowing them to reach their full potential to be successful.

Our motto is "You can go anywhere from here!" In preparing our students to become 21st Century learners, we not only hold students not only held to high expectations but encourage them to analyze, evaluate, think critically and globally, synthesize, and reflect on their learning. None of this would be possible without the support of outstanding parents, exceptional staff, and a very supportive school board and central administration.