SPRINGFIELD — The school year is winding down for Springfield Public Schools, but work for the district is just getting started.
In April, voters passed “Proposition S” — $168 million bond issue to fund renovations and rebuild for the district.
The district plans to have these projects done by the end of 2022.
For Springfield Public Schools, delivering on the promise to voters will take shape this summer. In fact, the Executive Director of Operations for SPS, Travis Shaw, says it has already begun with planning out work on secure entrances.
“We’ve had three of our six packages of secure entrances go out to bid already.The majority of all the secure entrance work will taking place over the summer. It will spill into the fall some, but that’s 31 different sites, so we’ve got a lot of work going on throughout the campus,” says Shaw.
Those “bids” are simply to determine what construction companies will work on those projects, which are divided into six groups of schools.
While those 31 security projects are being worked on, the main focuses this summer will be on the Early Childhood Center, Sunshine Elementary, and Delaware Elementary.
“Delaware, with it being a new build on that site, we will be doing the demolition on that site over the summer,” says Shaw. “Sunshine is about a 30,000 square foot addition and then we’ll also renovate that space. The renovation will take place when students aren’t there. We’re also starting on the new construction of the Southwest Region Early Childhood Center that will be on the Carver Middle School site,” Shaw explains.
Construction on those buildings is slated to start in August.
As if that wasn’t already enough, the district will be trying to juggle all of those projects along with their normal summer maintenance on their buildings.
While all of this is going on, they’ll start design work on the new Boyd Elementary, the new Jarrett Middle School, and the renovated Hillcrest High School project. Those are all set to start in 2020.
For a full schedule of projects, SPS has that laid out here on their website.