Springfield School Board to Consider Sale of Tefft Building to Greene County Tonight

The Springfield R-12 School Board is scheduled to vote tonight on the “sale of surplus real estate” to Greene County.

That real estate? The Tefft Building which the County will then turn into the Greene County Family Justice Center.

The Center has been looking for a new location because there is no more room in the space assigned to them in the Judicial Center on Boonville. The new facility would allow for significant expansion of their services, including the addition of needed new staff members, and various organizations that contribute staff to the facility have also committed to expanding their staff at the Family Justice Center.

The sales agreement, which would include the gymnasium, school building, and real estate to Greene County will cost $10. The County has already previously approved the purchase agreement.

The proposal to sell the building to the county for the Family Justice Center developed through the work of Greene County Prosecutor Dan Patterson, who presented a proposal on April 23, 2019 to the School Board regarding the way the Tefft Building could be used for the Center’s services.

The agreement means the County would assume an agreement with the Springfield-Greene County Park Board for rental use of the gymnasium.

The school board is widely expected to pass the measure.

Also on the school board agenda Tuesday night: construction of a new baseball/softball field for Central high School at 2945 East Pythian Street, in a currently vacant field. The proposal from ATG Sports to build the field costs $1,557,000.