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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:

  • 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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  • Technology Update

    Posted by Devon Ashbridge at 2/6/2015 10:00:00 AM
    tech gear Our technicians have been hard at work evaluating equipment and deciding what is the smartest investment of bond funds when it comes to core network equipment. Page Elementary will act as a test school once that decision is made so that we can work out any issues with future installations. We are also ready to begin the bidding process for a new firewall that will help keep students safe when they access the Internet at school.
    Right now, principals are helping to determine the appropriate type of computers and equipment for each school’s library. Computers for the labs at Agnes Stewart and Briggs middle schools have arrived and are being configured and installed, as well as upgraded equipment for the Thurston High library to support student research.
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  • Bond Schedules for Each School Released

    Posted by Devon Ashbridge at 2/6/2015 11:00:00 AM
    ASMS Poster We know that many parents, students and neighbors are curious about when their schools will begin seeing improvements from the bond measure. It is a multi-year process and we’ve created a flyer for each school to help people keep track of the investments they are making in our schools.
     
    You’ll also see them start popping up at each school during the next two weeks.
     
    If unexpected weather, events or expenses force us to change this schedule, we will provide updates on this webpage and update the materials posted at each school.
     
    Click here to view or download the flyers. The Spanish versions will be available soon.
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  • Classroom Additions Update

    Posted by Devon Ashbridge at 1/15/2015
    symbol Schematic design is underway to ensure the new instructional space serves the individual schools well and fits in with the current school building. We'll be sharing those schematics when they're complete, so check back here soon.
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  • Hamlin "Ed Spec" Update

    Posted by Devon Ashbridge at 1/15/2015
    The educational specifications process continues. A good mix of parents, staff and students attended the community meetings earlier this month to offer feedback. Some of the most common priorities shared were: (1) a building that is a “gem” of the Springfield community, (2) lots of collaborative teaching and learning space, (3) a building that supports digital learning and skills, and (4) a building that makes wise use of resources and construction funds.
     
    mid school visit The 30-member “ed spec” team, which includes staff, parents and community members, recently visited our four current middle schools to experience a day in the life of a middle school student. Experiencing first-hand how a building structure effects what students and teachers are able to do and learn will help them as they make recommendations. 

    The team also visited schools in the Portland and Vancouver area to see first-hand how buildings that are designed to support 21st-century learning, especially STEAM programs (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math), function. It helps give the group perspective as they discuss the features that Springfield middle schools need to support student learning.

    There will be another opportunity for public input this spring – stay tuned for details!
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