Bond News and UpdatesWelcome 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:
January 2017 Committee UpdatePosted by Deb Jolda at 2/21/2017
In the Bond Oversight Committee's quarterly report, shared at the February 13 board meeting, the Committee noted that work on Hamlin is progressing along the scheduled timeline despite the weather challenges. It is anticipated to be substantially complete by November 30, 2017, with move-in occurring during the winter break of 2017. Weekly meetings involving district representatives, the architect and the general contractor are helping keep everyone on track. Work is also be planned for the new baseball facilities, turf field and all-weather track.
A few unresolved issues remain with the Maple addition; attorneys are involved. The Committee reported that bond funds for minor capital improvements were fully used ifor Year 1 and 2 projects, and the lower-priority Year 3 projects had to be eliminated. (These projects included some ADA upgrades, repairs at ASMS, and the Thurston Elementary parking lot. The School Board is working to address other means of financing necessary repairs.)
Technology-wise, all classrooms in the district now have ceiling-mounted projectors! Network and wireless upgrades are complete at Springfield High, with work still to be done at Walterville, ASMS, Centennial and Two Rivers. Central server infrastructure work is ongoing, with new email servers installed, data storage units, and backup units.
In pursuit of unified communications, new IP-based phones have been deployed at the Admin Complex, with installation to Maple, A3, Gateways, Page and Douglas Gardens coming up next.
More than 650 student computers have been installed in total, most recently at Centennial, Mt. Vernon, Two Rivers, Walterville, TMS, SHS and THS, with the goal of creating a 2:1 student to computer ratio. Next steps include computers at Thurston Elementary, Yolanda, ASMS, and more at SHS and THS. Computer labs have been completed at Thurston Middle School and SHS, with 176 computers deployed to date. All new teachers have received computers, for 405 staff devices to date. The Committee is still looking into e-Readers.
New CTE equipment includes a new planer, bead blasters, and accessories for the miling machine at THS. The school has a bit more money to spend.
September 2016 Committee UpdatePosted by Deb Jolda at 9/15/2016
The September report provides detail about Hamlin foundational work. September finds Briggs and Thurston middle schools and Ridgeview and Riverbend elementary schools on the list of schools with wireless work completed. The installation of classroom projection systems is now complete at all schools except Thurston High, Yolanda, Springfield High, A3, Thurston Elementary and Maple Elementary, which are scheduled to be completed by the next report.
A total of 1,990 student computer devices have been deployed to date, including the business labs at both Thurston High and Springfield High, the SHS metals lab and SHS automotive lab.
More than 650 student devices were installed this summer at Mt. Vernon and Two Rivers-Dos Ríos elementary schools, Thurston Middle School, Springfield High and Thurston High, with more heading for Two Rivers and Centennial. Additional school proposals are being evaluated.
June 2016 Committee UpdatePosted by Deb Jolda at 7/5/2016
The Oversight Committee's June report highlighted Hamlin progress, which included the completion of initial site work and the completion of construction documents. Notably, the district opted to extend the anticipated build-out length by 4-1/2 months to allow for a more competitive bidding process. However, this will delay the opening of the new school to students until January of 2018.
Classroom additions: Work on the Maple addition has been further delayed due to issues with the contractor, but work is still expected to be complete by September.
Capital improvement projects: Thurston High and Guy Lee are due to receive new boilers, Briggs will get new HVAC digital controls and air conditioning and Thurston Middle School will receive a new gym floor.
Two new projects were added to the list after rising in priority. Springfield High's boilers in the main instructional wing were failing at a rapid and consistent rate and were marked for replacement. The Yolanda Elementary School parking lot was in major disrepair and prsented several safety concerns for children and was due to be mostly completed in time for school to begin.
March 2016 Oversight Committee UpdatePosted by Deb Jolda at 4/1/2016
In its March 14, 2016, written report to the board, the Oversight Committee noted that progress on the new Hamlin Middle School has been substantial. The Design Team finished the Design Development phase in February, finalizing all details of the project, including mechanical systems and other equipment, plus all landscape details.The district held a groundbreaking ceremony on February 25, and dirt began moving soon after.
In an effort to gain some time for the General Contractor, the District chose to separate the building package from the site excavation package. This Request for Proposal was conducted and awarded to Delta Construction on February 29, 2016.
Classroom Additions: Additions to accommodate full-day kindergarten were completed at Ridgeview, Yolanda, Riverbend, and Mt. Vernon elementary schools by the start of 2016. Work on a one-story addition to Maple Elementary is still in progress, expected to be completed in April 2016.
Major Capital Improvement Projects: The committee noted a number of projects at schools across the district were completed in the summer of 2015, including The THS bleachers and cover; THS siding; the Page and Walterville parking lot replacements; and district-wide interior door locks.
Technology Updates: Work has been completed on wireless upgrades for Page, Guy Lee, Douglas Gardens and Yolanda elementary schools, Thurston High and Gateways High. New devices to date - 793 student devices, 100 library devices, 212 computer lab devices, 180 testing devices and 224 outdated staff devices. The goal: to create a 2:1 student-to-computer ratio of up-to-date computer devices in all schools across the district. Also, career technical education (CTE) programs received much-needed new equipment: at THS, a wide belt sander, laser cutter, three CNC router tables, three metal
lathes, Iron Worker metal sheer, and Mojo 3-D printer; at SHS, a wide belt sander, two brake lathes, eight kilns, and six metal lathes.
The report outlines the cost accounting for the completed projects and outlines the projects due to be completed in summer.
Hamlin Design Takes ShapePosted by Jenna McCulley at 12/14/2015
The Springfield Board of Education received another glimpse inside how Hamlin's new design is coming along. As with any project there will alway be a little to adjust here and there but here's a sneak peek at what's in store for the future at Hamlin. More photos will be revealed as the project moves forward.