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Debut of “180 Days: Hartsville” Includes Pre-screenings, Panels    

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (Feb. 4, 2015) – Journey inside two South Carolina elementary schools, and see how one small town is making significant strides in educating students. The Peabody Award-winning PBS documentary, “180 Days: Hartsville,” premieres on KMOS-TV in March. Airing of this program on the University of Central Missouri’s public television station is in addition to opportunities for parents and Missouri educators to attend free pre-screening events and panel discussions in Warrensburg, Feb. 18; Jefferson City, March 2; and Columbia, March 11.

Receiving support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s American Graduate Initiative, “180 Days: Hartsville” is a co-production between the National Black Programming Consortium and South Carolina ETV. The film highlights the roles of two elementary school principals and the district superintendent, Dr. Edward Ingram, and the critical leadership roles that are needed to determine resources and focus for the schools.

“180 Days: Hartsville” also follows one family and the struggles of a working single mother and her fifth-grade son. The program challenges viewers to consider, is Hartsville an anomaly, or does its successes point towards some universally applicable solutions in education? Additionally, can education and community leadership really change the fortunes of a generation by not letting its youngest children fall through the cracks?

As part of  KMOS-TV’s community outreach efforts, a panel discussion also airs immediately following the national program. The panel, which includes Missouri educators, explores in more detail the vision for mid-Missouri schools, and how the state’s rural school districts can learn from the Hartsville experience. It also looks at recent developments in statewide public policy and education issues that need to come together to transform education in this state.

The program, “180 Days: Hartsville,” debuts on KMOS-TV at 8-10 p.m. (part one at 8 p.m. and part two at 9 p.m.) Tuesday, March 17, followed by an hour-long panel discussion at 10 p.m.  The documentary and follow-up program will be repeated at midnight March 17 on KMOS-TV and at 1 a.m. Wednesday, March 18.

Prior to the regional television premiere of “180 Days: Hartsville,” KMOS-TV will share this program with parents, educators, administrators, pre-service teachers, principals and counselors in three different communities. These opportunities are made possible through grant funding to KMOS-TV from the National Black Programming Consortium and the National Educational Telecommunications Association.

The free pre-screenings and panel discussions begin in Warrensburg Wednesday, Feb. 18. The screening takes place in Nahm Auditorium on the University of Central Missouri campus at 2 p.m., followed by the panel discussion at 3 p.m. “Hartsville” also shows at 10 a.m., with the panel discussion at 11 a.m. Monday, March 2, at the Interpretive Center, Missouri State Library in Jefferson City. Founding out the special community events is the final pre-screening at 10 a.m. and panel discussion at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 11, at Rock Bridge High School in Columbia.

Individuals who have questions about activities planned by KMOS-TV in connection with “180 Days: Hartsville” can contact Mary Clevenger at KMOS-TV at 660-543-8922.  Learn more about “Hartsville” and broadcast times at