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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:
 

application page  The School Board is now accepting applications to serve on the District's Bond Oversight Committee. Three applicants will be selected to serve on the committee. 

Applicants must be registered to vote and have lived within the Springfield Public Schools attendance boundaries for at least one year.
 
The Committee will be 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.
A completed application and a résumé or letter of interest should be sent to Board Chair Nancy Bigley, c/o Springfield Public Schools, 525 Mill Street, Springfield, OR 97477. Application materials must be received by 5 p.m., Thursday, April 30, 2015. The School Board will interview selected applicants during a work session on May 11, 2015.
 
Click here to download an application. Printed versions are also available at the District Administration Building (525 Mill Street). 

 
 
 
  • Middle School Educational Specifications Complete – Document Available

    Posted by Devon Ashbridge at 3/12/2015 3:05:00 PM
    Ed Spec Cover We have received six proposals from prospective architects and those bids will be reviewed at the end of March by a committee comprised of board members and district staff. The architect will be chosen by the school board during its April 13, 2015 meeting (7:00 p.m. at 525 Mill Street).
     
    The middle school educational specifications process has ended and a final report was presented to the school board on March 9, 2015. The purpose of the process was to define what features a 21st-century middle school in Springfield needs; it will help inform the design of the new Hamlin Middle School, which begins this spring.
     
    The “ed specs” process was led by a committee that included board members, staff, parents, and community members. Students were also given a chance to provide input. 
     
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  • Lock Replacement Nearly Complete – Only Two Schools Left

    Posted by Devon Ashbridge at 3/12/2015
    door lock There are only two schools that still need their interior door locks replaced: Agnes Stewart Middle and Thurston High. All other schools are complete (with the exception of a handful of doors that need some creative solutions to make them work with a lockset). 
     
    This is a great start to the safety improvements portion of our bond projects. Next, we will begin planning for the systematic replacement of perimeter gates that do not currently allow for emergency evacuation. 
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  • Classroom Design for Five Schools Underway

    Posted by Devon Ashbridge at 3/12/2015

    YES_Cafeteria_Drawing Construction documents are currently being drafted and construction will begin with ground preparation in May (as long as the weather cooperates). We are planning small ground-breaking celebrations for the schools’ communities at the end of April.

    Construction will take several months and we anticipate the new instructional spaces at Maple, Mt. Vernon, Ridgeview, Riverbend and Yolanda elementary schools will open to staff and students in January 2016.

    At left is an early version of what the cafeteria expansion at Yolanda Elementary might look like. Other construction drawings will be shared when finished. 

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  • Firewalls, Computers and Ceiling-Mounted Projectors, Oh My!

    Posted by Devon Ashbridge at 3/12/2015

    student with computer We are moving right along with our technology projects, both with “behind-the-scenes” equipment and classroom equipment.

    The computer lab equipment at Agnes Stewart Middle School has been installed and is now available for school and student use. At Thurston High School, forty computers were installed in the school’s testing lab. Four other carts of forty computers each will be available for schools to reserve in order to complete testing with a minimum impact on school libraries and other computer equipment.

    Ceiling-mounted projectors are important upgrades for nearly all of our schools. We are currently working to create “Requests for Proposals” for installation of the ceiling-mounted projectors. We originally thought we would need to space this project over the course of six years, but believe that we may be able to accomplish it in less than two years.

    Technology staff have tested and installed a new firewall for the district. The firewall is what keeps inappropriate and adult content from being accessible from devices on the district’s network. This upgrade allows us to continue filtering content and will support the other upgrades we’ll be making to bandwidth and wireless access. 

    We are also being mindful of applying for other funding that can supplement our bond funds when it comes to technology, including E-Rate funding which is a federal program that provides reimbursements for equipment installed in low-income schools.  
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  • We’re locking it up!

    Posted by Devon Ashbridge at 2/6/2015 1:10:00 PM
    New interior door locks have been installed at Douglas Gardens, Maple, Mt. Vernon, Riverbend, Thurston and Yolanda elementary schools.
     
    Student safety is always a high priority and we are thrilled to be completing the lock replacements so quickly. After elementary schools are complete, our locksmith will move on to middle and high schools.  
     
     
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