The Springfield School District has continued to advance the high school Master Plan over the summer and is nearing completion of the building. Most of the building exterior has been completed, and the contractor continues to move the interior courtyard and front entrance of the building to completion. All of the classrooms and meeting spaces are substantially completed. Final cleaning of these spaces is underway, and final balancing and testing of the mechanical systems are progressing. Classroom, office, and cafeteria furniture will be delivered starting in the last week of October, and installation will be in November and early December.
The stadium and bleachers were turned over for use in August, and athletics and activities have been using the facilities daily. Event attendance is limited due to COVID restrictions, and the track is not currently open to the public. The District will continue to review and update its health and safety plan as COVID guidelines are updated and will communicate changes to the community.
Final paving of Rolling Road and Speakman Drive is in process, and final stripping and crosswalk installation will occur within the next 20 to 30 days. The parking lot at the corner of Leamy Avenue and Rolling Road is available for daily student parking and will serve as parking for athletic events.
The pictures included with the update display some of the finished spaces inside the building as well as some of the exterior areas of the building.
As we move into November and the building is completed, and furniture is installed, final cleaning and preparations will start to meet the projected December move date from the old high school to the new building. The move activities are projected for the last two weeks of December with a January 4, 2021 occupancy date for all students and staff.
Phase 2 and Phase 3 of the Master Plan project has been bid and awarded. Demolition of the existing high school and related site work will commence in January. Phase 3 work will start after the demolition phase and will include the installation of the remaining athletic fields, visitor bleachers, and construction of the District maintenance building.
In October 2020, the District issued an additional $17 million in new bond proceeds to finance the balance of the construction project. To date, the District has generated approximately $128 million in construction fund deposits that are funding current project costs.