Springfield High School Master Plan
February 27, 2017
Mark your calendars: District sets date for Springfield High School Master Plan update meeting on March 28, 2017 at ET Richardson Middle School
Over the past several months, the school district has worked diligently with the township and our neighbors to understand and address the questions raised about the Springfield High School Master Plan at the Planning Commission meeting. From this mutual effort, we have been able to secure a newly designed plan, which we have labeled as Plan B.1. Although is not as optimal for the school district as the original plan presented to the commission in November 2016, we realize that the goal of this process is to create a solution that is best for the town as a whole. Therefore, please note that Plan B.1 takes into account the concerns of the community in terms of location to St. Francis and traffic, but still secures the essence of creating a prime, educational environment for our community.
In any compromise, each side must make some concessions. With respect to St. Francis parish and our surrounding neighbors, we understand that a project of this magnitude could present some concern. Likewise, we also realize that some of our families may have preferred the original plan. Yet, the essential component to compromise sustains within the notion that all sides have to be willing to forgo what is perfect for individual interests to attain the ultimate goal of servicing the common good for many years to come.
William Penn once said that "Patience and diligence remove mountains." We believe that this quote speaks volumes to our current situation. We want the community to know that we have negotiated in good faith; each side making concessions for the good of the Springfield and Morton communities. Furthermore, the supporters of this plan have been both patient and diligent in addressing the concerns in a spirit of cooperation and trust.
But now, the time has come for action. First, we want to give you the ability to ask questions. Please visit ssdcougars.org/masterplan/ask to do so. Second, we encourage you to be involved in the process and attend the upcoming Master Plan update meeting on March 28, 2017 at 7:00 pm to be held at E.T. Richardson Middle School. We strongly urge you to support this plan as a symbol of community coming together in a collaborative effort to build a better tomorrow.
- February 13, 2017
- November 14, 2016
- November 6, 2015
- November 5, 2015
- August 25, 2015
- June 11, 2015
- June 9, 2015
- June 1, 2015
In November of 2016, the Springfield School District presented a high school master plan schematic to the Springfield Township Planning Commission. The Planning Commission gave feedback to the school district concerning the height of the building, traffic patterns, and the proximity to St. Francis.
Based on this feedback, and continued conversations with the Township, the district Facilities Committee has been working diligently to redesign the original plan to take into account community concerns that were expressed at the Planning Commission meeting. Based on that work, the district has completed the following rendering:
Highlights of those changes are:
- The building design is unchanged from the original schematic presented to the Township Planning Commission.
- The plan moves the building west, away from St. Francis, as requested by the Township. The distance from SFA is now 140’, with an 80’ green space adjacent to SFA.
- There will be 363 parking spots and parking for 39 buses; all student drop off and parking is on Leamy Avenue as requested by the Township.
- This plan will create an overlap of the new track and stadium with the old building; thus the Blue (Cougar) Gym will need to be demolished / out of service for 3-4 years.
- We expect this plan will cost $750,000-$1M more than the previously submitted plan, but will still fall within the previously announced budget range.
UPDATE: FEBRUARY 23, 2017
Clarification on the proposed location of student drop-off for Plan B.1:
The schematic proposes that student drop-off will be located on campus at the southwest corner of the stadium, on the inside edge of the adjacent parking lot. Students and staff will walk from this location under a covered canopy to the building entrance.
On Thursday, November 10, 2016, the Facilities Committee of the Board of School Directors, in conjunction with the architects of SCHRADERGROUP and Perkins + Will, met with the Springfield Township Planning Commission to present the latest draft of their work for the Springfield High School Master Plan.
For more information, please see the 11/10/16 Planning Commission Meeting Presentation. As the project is still in the planning phase, all elements are preliminary designs.
Video of the meeting is available on SETV.
At the meeting on Thursday, November 5, 2015, the Springfield School District Board of School Directors approved the appointment of SCHRADERGROUP and Perkins + Will for architectural and engineering services for the first phase of the Springfield High School Master plan project in the amount of $738,917 for schematic design and land development.
For more information about SCHRADERGROUP and Perkins + Will, please see this summary from their RFQ.
On November 4, the Springfield School District sold the initial piece of new debt related to the high school master plan, the 2015 Series bond issue in the amount of $9,995,000. The bonds are expected to close in December 2015. The term runs until 2043, with an average rate of 3.39%.
Compared to original projections, this is anticipated to yield a savings of $850,000 in future interest costs, as the average blended rate for the issue was originally projected at 4.2%, and realized at 3.39%.
Below, please find a video highlighting the construction sequence that would be necessary to replace the roof on the existing Springfield High School building.
The Board of School Directors will vote on the Springfield High School Master Plan at the School Board Meeting on June 11, 7:00 PM in the Stanley L. Johnson Meeting Room of the McLaughlin Education Service Center, 111 West Leamy Avenue, Springfield, PA.
The Springfield School District is continuing its research into and discussion of the Springfield High School Master Plan. The conversation was first introduced at the meeting of the Board of School Directors held on May 22, 2014. Both video and a .pdf of the initial presentation are provided at the links below.
The Board of School Directors and the Facilities Committee have developed a series of Town Hall Meetings to discuss the High School Master Plan with the Springfield and Morton Communities. Please visit the Town Hall Meeting Schedule or the SSD Events Calendar, and join the conversation by attending an upcoming meeting.
Recaps of each session, including the items presented and the community questions posed, are made available online following each meeting. To review past meetings, please navigate the page using the menu to the left.
On the left-side menu, you will also find the Resources page, containing additional research and supporting documents. There is also a link to the Springfield High School Master Plan's Facebook Page, and the opportunity to Submit a Question to the Facilities Committee.