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Bond News and Updates

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 Digs Into Summer Construction

    Posted by Devon Ashbridge at 6/18/2015 1:40:00 PM

    Construction projects around the District are getting underway now that students are safely at home for the summer. Three of the biggest projects that you might see are:

    Page Elementary Parking Lot: This one is hard to miss if you drive by! The Delta Construction Company of Eugene has already torn out the existing parking lot in anticipation of a design that is much safer for students, parents and staff. It is also anticipated that the new parking lot will help get up to 40 vehicles off of Hayden Bridge during drop-off and pick-up times.

    This project will be complete before the school year begins; however, the school will be hosting its registration events at the church across the street later this summer.

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    Walterville Parking Lot: Walterville will no longer be the only school with a non-paved parking lot after this month! Wildish Building Company of Eugene is in the process of paving the parking lot, improving the bus drop-off area and re-paving a play area with worn asphalt. All three improvements are expected to be complete prior to the Fourth of July holiday weekend. 


    Thurston High School Bleachers: A crew from Bineham Construction, Inc. of Eugene is making great progress on the Thurston High bleacher expansion and cover. Their work is expected to continue throughout the next several weeks. 

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  • Walls Come Tumbling (Safely) Down Across Springfield

    Posted by Devon Ashbridge at 6/18/2015 1:35:00 PM

    Now that school is out for the summer, construction crews are on-site and working on classroom additions at Maple (Baldwin General Contracting of Albany), Mt. Vernon (Wildish Building Company of Eugene), Ridgeview (Bineham Construction, Inc. of Eugene), Riverbend (Wildish Building Company of Eugene) and Yolanda (Wildish Building Company of Eugene).

    One of the first steps for site preparation at Mt. Vernon and Riverbend is to remove the outer cinderblock wall where the additions will be located. You can see in the Mt. Vernon photo below that progress is being made!

    The work on the classroom additions will take place throughout this summer and fall with the new classrooms expected to open to students and staff in January 2016. 
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  • Draft Site Plan for the New Hamlin Middle School Reflects One Option for Replacement

    Posted by Devon Ashbridge at 6/18/2015 12:05:00 PM

    The work to replace Hamlin Middle School is ongoing. The School Board will have the opportunity to approve a contract for a general contractor/construction manager later this month. The general contractor will then work with the architect during the design process to help ensure a smooth process from design to build.

    The Hamlin design committee, comprised of staff, parents and architects, has created a draft site plan. Please note that this is a preliminary plan and does not reflect the final shape and layout of the school building. It is also subject to change as the committee continues its work and begins seeking community input later this summer. Click here to see an enlarged version of the draft site plan.

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  • Technology Updates Begin to Untangle Old Systems

    Posted by Devon Ashbridge at 6/18/2015 12:00:00 PM

    Page Elementary School received an impressive systems upgrade at the beginning of June. Due to its size and pre-bond level of technology, Page was chosen as a test school for Internet and network system upgrades. Now that the Page installation is complete and successful, technicians in the District’s Technology Services Department will begin installation in other Springfield schools.

    In the photos below, it is easy to see the difference between the equipment that had been cobbled together over the years (left) and the updated system purchased by the 2014 bond measure (right).
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    In other technology news, the School Board has approved contracts for the purchase and installation of ceiling-mounted projectors throughout the District. The size of the project required School Board approval before continuing. Installation will begin this summer and continue throughout the next school year.


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  • Bond Oversight Committee Appointed

    Posted by Devon Ashbridge at 5/12/2015 12:00:00 PM
    The School Board has appointed 8 community members to the District's first-ever Bond Oversight Committee. This citizen committee is responsible for: 
    • reviewing bond construction projects to ensure they align with what was approved by voters.
    • working with staff to provide reports to the School Board regarding bond spending and progress.
    • representing the work of the committee in the community to assist in strengthening community trust and confidence in the District.
    The Committee will meet twice per year and receive regular updates on bond spending. At the end of each fiscal year, the Committee will share its findings with the school board and community regarding the District's use of bond funds.
    The Committee members are:

    • Jim Balumas
    • Zach Bessett
    • Erik Bishoff
    • Paul Carey
    • Tina DeHaven
    • Emilio Hernandez
    • Ken Kohl
    • Gina Wilde
    All committee members are required to be registered to vote and have lived within the Springfield Public Schools attendance boundaries for at least one year.
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