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Welcome to the Bond News and Updates section of our website. The 2014 bond measure will allow Springfield Public Schools to make improvements at every District school, including prolonging the useful life of schools, reducing operating costs, making safety improvements, replacing 57-year-old Hamlin Middle School, constructing additional classroom space at 5 elementary schools, and updating technology in order to prepare students to be successful in 21st-century colleges and careers.
 
The District is committed to providing frequent updates on the progress of projects funded by the successful 2014 bond measure. Updates will be posted below and more detailed information about each category of bond project will be shared on individual pages:

  • District Begins Sharing Timelines for Bond Work

    Posted by Devon Ashbridge at 12/5/2014
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    Many of the bond projects are considered "bond basics" – minor capital improvements – and are anticipated to be completed over the course of three years. A preliminary timeline gives a great overview of when schools can expect to receive their upgrades. For example, Springfield High School's library carpet is scheduled to replaced during the first year. Of course, adjustments to the timeline may need to be made as we move along and we will keep folks up-to-date. To see the preliminary timeline for bond basics projects, click here.
     
    Safety improvements are also high on the district's priority list. More than 850 lock sets have already been ordered to replace classroom locks throughout the district. The new locks will ensure that all classrooms can be locked from the inside in the event of an emergency. Replacing those locks is expected to take several months; once lock replacement is complete, we will begin replacing exterior perimeter gates with those that allow emergency evacuation. Click here for more information regarding safety improvements.
     
    Check back for a Hamlin Middle School update early next week! 
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  • District Gearing Up to Put Bond Funds to Use

    Posted by Devon Ashbridge at 11/14/2014
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    The dust has barely settled from last week's election, but Springfield Public Schools is moving ahead to begin putting the community's investment to work for students. As timelines are developed and projects begin, more detailed information will be shared here and on the project pages.
     
    Although the bonds themselves won't be sold until early next year, the District is able to begin planning the larger projects and ordering some equipment. During the next three months, we'll be focused on: 
     
     
    November
    • Working with architects to begin drafting plans for the elementary school classroom additions
      • The District is working with the architects that originally created the plans for Ridgeview, Riverbend, Maple, Mt. Vernon and Yolanda elementary schools (called an “architect of record”). This will help speed up the process since full-day kindergarten begins in September 2015 and the classroom additions are scheduled to be completed in January 2016 at the earliest.
    • Ordering more than 700 door lock sets to replace interior door locks for every classroom
    • Planning the “educational specifications” process to design a 21st-century middle school
    December
    • Beginning the “educational specifications” process to design a 21st-century middle school (to continue through the spring)
    • Starting to replace door locks (to continue through summer 2015)
    • Starting to order technology infrastructure to help increase bandwidth and wireless access in schools
    • Developing RFPs (Requests for Proposals) for “bond basics” projects that will begin during summer 2015
      • Many bond projects will be accomplished during the next few summers in order to ensure student safety. Projects such as boiler replacements, siding replacements and parking lot improvements can’t be done when school is in session.
    January
    • Selling the bonds and making some available to local investors

     
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  • Springfield Voters Approve Bond Measure

    Posted by Devon Ashbridge at 11/5/2014
    thank-you photo Springfield voters approved Measure 20-226 on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. The $71.5 million bond measure will allow Springfield Public Schools to make improvements at every District school, including prolonging the useful life of schools, reducing operating costs, making safety improvements, replacing 57-year-old Hamlin Middle School, constructing additional classroom space at 5 elementary schools, and updating technology in order to prepare students to be successful in 21st-century colleges and careers.
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