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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:

  • 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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  • Bidding Process for Hamlin Architects to Begin Soon

    Posted by Devon Ashbridge at 1/15/2015
    The district is preparing to begin the competitive bid process to find an architect to lead the design and construction of the new Hamlin Middle School. That process is expected to begin in February. Once bids are accepted (typically a five-week process), the district will work with an architect selection committee to narrow the field of applicants and ultimately recommend the final architect to the school board.

    The district is also using a “CM/GC” method for the construction. This method means that the district will hire a contractor to be involved in the design of the building, reducing the need for costly change-orders and adjustments during the actual construction. The process to hire a contract manager / general contractor will follow the architect selection.
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  • District Sells Bonds

    Posted by Devon Ashbridge at 1/15/2015 3:15:00 PM
    sold sign The bond was sold on January 14, 2015. Historic low interest rates allowed the district to sell its bond under favorable conditions. It was sold at one time, rather than breaking it into multiple series (as has been done in the past). The sale took about one hour and twenty minutes and involved investors from around the world. The district is preparing the closing paperwork for the bond sale and on January 29, 2015 it will receive the bond funds. 
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  • 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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