SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- While students are enjoying their last few weeks of summer, construction crews are working on schools.
Westport Elementary in Springfield is in the process of becoming a kindergarten through eighth grade school.
"It takes time through the planning process and all of that, but to see it come up out of the ground and moving forward, there's a lot of excitement here. A lot of facilities we have throughout the district are really old. Programming has changed in how we use those spaces. With these changes, it helps how programming is done with education today," said Scott Wendt, director of business operations for the Springfield School District.
"I'm starting my tenth year with the district. We have grown 40 percent in 10 years. We have seen phenomenal growth here in Branson," said Branson School District Superintendent Doug Hayter.
In Branson, a $42 million bond issue is becoming a reality. By next spring, the High School Activity Center should be complete. This will provide locker rooms, a wrestling area, and a multipurpose room. Crews are also building a new elementary school.
A new wing for Branson High School is in the works. It will be the Ninth Grade Center.