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Springfield District to Decide Future of Vacant Buildings

In the fall of 2012 the Springfield Public School district might have three vacant buildings. KSMU’s Matt Evans reports on what the district plans to do with them.

Last November, voters approved a bond for the Springfield School District to consolidate some programs. Now the school board is determining the future of some of the buildings that may be left empty by consolidation. The plan is to expand Westport Elementary to a Kindergarten through 8th grade campus and move the students at Study Middle School to Westport. After that is finished, the district will consolidate the alternative programs, which are currently held in three buildings, into Study Middle School. The plan is to have the Westport campus ready for the fall semester of 2012. Teresa Bledsoe is a spokesperson for Springfield Public Schools. She says the board’s current plans are to sell the buildings that will be vacated, but they are willing to hear other options.

“Well, we’re always willing to hear suggestions or ideas from the community. So if community groups have proposals or suggestions for using those buildings once they do become vacated they can certainly submit those to us.”

The alternative programs are in held Berry, Pepperdine, and Bailey schools. These programs are designed for students who are not succeeding in a traditional school setting. After the special programs from these three schools are moved to Study Middle School, the buildings will be empty. The Springfield School Board will be deciding the future of the buildings before the fall of 2012.

For KSMU News, I’m Matt Evans.