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Leaders Break Ground On New School In Springfield

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Leaders Break Ground On New School In Springfield

By Mike Morgan. CREATED Jul 16, 2014

Ground has been broken on a new $14 million elementary school in South Springfield.

When completed in about a year, the New Sherwood Elementary on South Golden will accommodate up to 450 students.

It will also become a home for the Boys and Girls Club. Executive Director Pat Gartland says the organization is paying for the 5,500 square foot space that will also give students access to other parts of the building for after school and summer activities. It's the first of it's kind in Missouri.

The school is being built to net zero standards. School Board Member Andy Hosmer says the ultimate goal is for the building to produce as much energy as it consumes.

The current Sherwood Elementary School on South Scenic was built in the 1930's. Teacher Linda Nale says the old facility is overcrowded, there are not enough restrooms, and the electrical system is not equipped to handle current technology.