Construction Begins on New Jarrett Middle School

Springfield Public School’s progress continues for construction efforts related to Proposition S.

The $41 million project is expected to finish in time for the 2022-2023 school year and will house 725 students from grades 6-8 in a 130,000 square foot building.

“Over the next two years, this location will be transformed into the new Jarrett Middle School campus,” Superintendent John Jungmann said at the groundbreaking. “Previously located on a small site surrounded by the MSU campus and student housing, Jarrett students and staff will now have extensive greenspace for outdoor activities and extracurricular programs, along with modern, flexible learning spaces.”

The new Jarrett campus is on the land that formerly housed Portland Elementary School. The students that attended Portland were transferred to an expanded Sunshine Elementary.

The new facility will be focused on enhancing STEAM education: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math.

“We’re in the middle of the application process for this school, this building, to be a STEAM school,” Dr. Kirk Slater, Jarrett Principal, said at the groundbreaking. “So I’m excited about the potential of being able to serve so many kids in so many unique ways in a STEAM environment.”

(headline photo courtesy Springfield Public Schools)

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