SPRINGFIELD, Mo – On April 2, 2019, the public school environment in Springfield was forever changed.
On that day voters voted yes on Proposition S, a nearly $168 million proposal to renovate or rebuild several buildings in the Springfield Public School system.
Here is a full list of the projects listed under Prop S and how much they cost, according to the SPS website.
- Hillcrest High School – Partial Renovation, $24,750,000
- Jarrett Middle School – Reconstruction, $41,540,000
- Boyd Elementary School – Reconstruction, $20,340,000
- Delaware Elementary School – Reconstruction, $23,780,000
- Sunshine Elementary School- Renovation, $13,890,000
- Williams Elementary School – Renovation, $14,320,000
- Early Childhood Mini-hub – Addition (Williams), $3,650,000
- SW Early Childhood Center – New building, $12,690,000
There are also 31 schools listed to receive updated and more secure entrances. The total cost for that part of the project is $7,800,000.
SPS also has listed inflation from 2019-2022 costing $4,973,136, this money is for the cost of construction or any fluctuation during the course of the project. Bringing the grand total to $167,733,136.
Where is the project now?
So far in 2019 SPS has made progress with several parts of Prop S.
- Demolition of Delaware Elementary
- Students from Delaware are now attending classes at the former Sherwood Elementary building
- SPS says the new Delaware will be open for the 2021 school year
- Construction for Sunshine Elementary begins
- Crews will be working on accessibility and security issues, while also adding a safe-room gymnasium and allow up to 350 students to be served at the school
- SPS says this project will be completed by August 2020
- Also in August construction began construction of the Southwest Early Childhood Center
- Scheduled to be open August 2020
- New location for Boyd Elementary, corner of Division and Sherman
- Construction will begin February 2020 and will open the new school building in August 2021
The new Boyd Elementary will serve 300 pre-kindergarten to fifth-grade students, according to the SPS website.
- The new building will have:
- Address accessibility and security challenges
- Provide a safe room gymnasium
- Serve up to 300 pre- K-5 students
- Serve as a regional early childhood mini-hub
Dr. Angela Holloway-Payne, Principal of Boyd Elementary, says the staff is excited to have a new home.
“We’re very excited about the opportunity to move to a bigger and better location. It’s just a sense of pride, a sense of urgency to get there,” says Holloway-Payne.
The three-story school has been in Springfield for over 100 years and the biggest complaint voiced by Holloway-Payne is the lack of accessibility for the students especially when they need to use the bathroom.
“We don’t have enough restrooms. All the children’s restrooms are located in the basement, that is the biggest challenge I have ever faced in my entire life as a principal.”
She says it’s a challenge for the students because sometimes they have to go down three flights of stairs. The challenge is that students miss a good chunk of class time because of the lower-level restrooms.
Stephen Hall with SPS says they will be preserving the history of Boyd as they move ahead to the new school.
“We recognize that our schools are the heart of the neighborhood. As we think ahead to the future and what the new Boyd will bring, we also want to honor the past and where we’ve come from. That will be a part of the new building. We will honor the traditions of Boyd Elementary, which I know is very important to the Midtown neighborhood,” says Hall.
As far as Prop S as a whole, Hall says that everything is on time and on budget.
The next projects in Prop S include Hillcrest, Williams, and Jarrett. For more on these projects and updates with Prop S, click here.
Below is a photo gallery of many historic pictures in Boyd Elementary: