SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (News-Leader) — The Springfield school board recently signed off on the second phase of construction at Sunshine Elementary, a project funded by the 2019 bond issue that has proved more complicated than expected.
The board voted to spend an additional $2.17 million on the school located at the corner of Sunshine Street and Jefferson Avenue, pushing the overall cost of the project to $16 million.
The original project included constructing a new addition including a gym that doubles as a storm shelter, a reconfiguring of the landlocked campus, and the renovation of a historic building.
While many of the district’s bond projects have been completed early or on time — and in many cases, under budget — Sunshine has not been as lucky.
Travis Shaw, executive director of operations, said it is not unusual to encounter some unknowns in a major overhaul of an older building.
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