Sunshine Elementary approved for renovations

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– A contract has been approved and construction is about to start for one local elementary school

Sunshine Elementary is breaking ground for its construction project on Thursday, August 29.

The school began as a one-room schoolhouse just down the street fro its current location.

Sunshine’s principal, Tracy Daniels says over the decades classrooms, a cafeteria and a library were added to the school.

“And we speed up to 2019 when the voters of Springfield said yes we want to keep Sunshine. Moving forward we want to update our structure, we want to increase the amount of students who can experience the beloved side of Sunshine.” Said Daniels.

Crews want to fix address accessibility and security issues, while also adding a safe-room gymnasium and allow up to 350 students to be served at the school.

Carson-Mitchell Inc was chosen as the contractor for the renovation. The renovation is expected to cost around $11,089,600.

Construction is expected to take about a year and be completed in August 2020. This is part of SPS’s plan after the passing of Prop S in April.

Sunshine elementary is a 155-year-old school and was built in Springfield back in 1864.

Sunshine’s principal Tracy Daniels says over the decade’s classrooms, a cafeteria and a library were added to the school. Air conditioning was added to the school in 2012.

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