Proposition S - Safer Students. Stronger Schools.
On April 4, 2023, 77.67% of Springfield voters approved a request to issue general obligation bonds in the amount of $220 million to fund critical school improvements prioritized by a citizen task force that will impact every school in the district. This no-tax rate increase to the debt service levy will fund multiple high-priority projects that include safety and security upgrades at all school facilities, new construction for Pipkin and Reed middle schools, renovation of Pershing School, and construction of storm shelters at Cowden, Holland, Mann, Pittman, Watkins, and Wilder elementaries.
PROJECT PROJECT DETAILS ESTIMATED COST Safety & Security Upgrades at All Schools Protective glass film for ground-floor windows at all schools. Security cameras and door and roof sensors / alarms added based on identified needs. $6,969,000 Pipkin Middle School New Construction $53,080,000 Reed Academy New Construction $59,480,000 Pershing School Renovation/Reconstruction $50,420,000 Cowden Elementary Storm Shelter Gymnasium* $5,105,000 Holland Elementary Storm Shelter Gymnasium* $5,105,000 Mann Elementary Storm Shelter Gymnasium* $4,950,000 Pittman Elementary Storm Shelter Gymnasium* $5,105,000 Watkins Elementary Storm Shelter Gymnasium* $5,105,000 Wilder Elementary Storm Shelter Gymnasium* $4,950,000 Cost Variance Allocations for cost variance will be invested to offset inflation of construction, labor, and/or materials & to fund priority Phase 3 projects, if possible. $19,731,000 TOTAL BOND PROPOSAL $220,000,000
*Storm shelter gymnasiums are built to withstand tornadoes and will help protect students and staff during the school day. The full-size gymnasiums will also provide greater flexibility for PE, music classes and special events, since the cafeteria will no longer serve as a multi-purpose space.