Sunshine Elementary - Progress as Promised

  • In April 2019, Springfield voters approved Proposition S which enables Springfield Public Schools to make facility improvements to a number of schools, including renovating and expanding Sunshine Elementary School. SPS investing $13.89 million into Sunshine Elementary will:

    • Address accessibility and security challenges.
    • Add a safe room gymnasium.
    • Allow up to 350 to be served at the Sunshine site.


Bond Update


  • The estimated timeline for construction is to begin August 2019 with completion expected by August 2020.

    • The new construction for the expansion of Sunshine Elementary will occur while students are onsite in the current building. 
    • Renovation of the current Sunshine facility will be scheduled during student breaks (spring, winter, and summer breaks) to minimize disruption to learning. 


General Information

  • Beginning Sept. 3, 2019, the north driveway will be the only entrance and exit for traffic into and out of the parking lot.  This traffic pattern will last approximately four weeks.  

    • Only one driveway will be used to enter and exit the parking lot.  Be willing to take turns.
    • Expect delays.
    • Buses will be in the same traffic line.  Please allow them space to make wide turns in and out of the parking lot.

    On August 29, 2019 at 10 a.m., a groundbreaking ceremony was held at Sunshine Elementary celebrating the renovation and expansion of the facility.

    Information concerning impact to pick-up and drop-off procedures, due to the construction, will be shared before the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year.

    The Sunshine attendance boundary will be adjusted, upon completion of construction, resulting in:

    • Moving entire Portland Elementary population to Sunshine location (effective 2020-2021 school year).
    • Moving 80-100 current Sunshine students to the new Delaware facility (effective 2020-2021 school year.


News and Information

  • Sunshine attendance area boundary changes 

    Feb. 6, 2020

    Beginning with the 2020-2021 school year, the Sunshine attendance area will change. Learn more here.

    Change orders and purchases

    Feb. 4, 2020

    The Board of Education approved two change orders and audiovisual equipment.

    Change order for temporary fence, storm shelter items, removal of additional trees

    Jan. 22, 2020

    The Board of Education approved a change order for temporary commercial chain link fence for playground, ICC500 storm shelter items not included in original bid specs, and removal of two additional trees.

    Change order for removal of soils and adding borrow material and base rock, credit for unused lean concrete and remaining allowances, verification of payment, curb and gutter constructed in phase 1

    Dec. 10, 2019

    The Board of Education approved change orders.

    Change order for ground work and dimension plan revisions

    Nov. 19, 2019

    The Board of Education approved a change order for site, grading, private paving, sidewalk and dimension plan revisions.

    Tree removal, top soil and ADA ramps change orders

    Oct. 15, 2019

    During its regular meeting, the Board of Education approved two change orders for Sunshine project.

    Relocation of playground equipment

    Oct. 1, 2019

    During its regular meeting, the Board of Education selected Ozark Mountain Installations to relocate some of the playground.

    Contract awarded for Sunshine project

    Aug. 20, 2019

    The Springfield school board approved a contract for renovation and construction related to the Sunshine Elementary School project during its Aug. 20 meeting. Bids were received from five contractors. The contract was awarded to Carson-Mitchell Inc., which was the lowest bidder at $11,089,600, slightly less than the original construction cost estimate of $11,571,000.

    Additional action by the Board included:

    • Materials testing and special inspections for Delaware and Sunshine - Palmerton & Parrish

    Approval for work for Sunshine project

    June 25, 2019

    During its monthly regular meeting, the Board of Education approved the following: