SPS Task Force Wants Option to Tear Down, Rebuild Hillcrest High

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The Community Task Force on Facilities wants to know how much it would cost to bulldoze Hillcrest High School – and build a new facility from the ground up.

The 30-member group of students, teachers, parents and taxpayers, which met Thursday, was selected to review Springfield school facilities and recommend a list of priority projects for a future bond issue.

At the end of the two-hour meeting, the task force was asked if there were any potential projects that have not yet been studied by a team of architects hired by the district to prepare renovation, expansion or reconstruction options and generate cost estimates.

Members made it clear they want another, more comprehensive, option for Hillcrest. The 981-student high school, the smallest in the district, is located off Grant Avenue, just north of the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds.

They specifically asked how much it would cost to demolish Hillcrest and build new. The enrollment at Hillcrest, the district’s northernmost high school, has been low and slipping in recent years.

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