Springfield Elementary is around two stories high, and contains a Gym and a Cafeteria. The basement includes a steam tunnel. At one point, there was somewhat of a steeple on top of the school roof. The floorplan is identical to that of West Springfield Elementary School.
There is a field trip memorial that shows the names of the students who never came back from a field trip; it is equal to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. . Groundskeeper Willie constantly has to edit the wall, and is very sad and angry when he must engrave the name of a student with a long name, like Bart and Lisa Simpson.
Springfield Elementary is heavily underfunded. With almost constant reductions in the budget the school has been forced to use rather bizarre methods to make up for the lack of funding.
The fourth grade classroom.
It has been stated many times that the school is filled with asbestos. Underfunding of the school has resulted in a variety of troubling scenarios for students and staff. Sub-standard facilities abound, including a cinder block having replaced the school's tether ball, cafeteria food made from circus animals, shredded newspaper, and old gym mats (only the teachers eat French fries made from potatoes), among others. It was revealed that Springfield Elementary was at one time voted "The Most Dilapidated School in Missouri" and was then moved, brick-by-brick, to Springfield. The school is overcrowded because of insufficient funds to build more classrooms.
In addition, the teachers are less than average, known for their lack of ability to teach, and are seen smoking and drinking within the school premises.
Before Bart came to the school and before Lisa was born, the school had a swimming pool and Groundskeeper Willie was the swim coach. Skinner took the pool out when he spent an entire weekend inside it, among lots of worms, which made him what he is today. This was a prank made by Andy Hamilton, a former student of the school.
Springfield Elementary Gym
The school was once shown to have a tower with a winding staircase within which led to a fornification area, where Skinner asked Patty to marry him. Other short period additions include a disabled ramp access system constructed by local mafia funding. The auditorium was once bulldozed to make way for a mini-mall.
At one time, Groundskeeper Willie accidentally struck oil and the school built a large drilling rig on top of the building. Unfortunately, Mr. Burns took the oil first and Springfield Elementary was made even poorer due to the cost of deconstructing the drill.
Springfield Elementary was partially converted to a prison to support funds.
The school's address is 19 Plympton Street. When Springfield underwent an economic crisis, Springfield Elementary, as a result of the cutbacks from the slump, significantly shortened the school day to no school at all.
Underneath the school was once an oil well (which was accidentally discovered by Groundskeeper Willie while burying Superdude the hamster) which lead Principal Skinner and Superintendent Chalmers to welcome everyone's ideas of how to spend the money (some rather ridiculous). Mr. Burns then began to steal the oil from the school, which not only resulted in the loss of their fortune, but the cost of deconstructing the oil platform above the school placed it in a far worse financial state than before, forcing Skinner to get rid of nearly everything in the school. Mr. Burns was shot later. It was believed that Skinner was the one who shot him, supported by his going to the Bathroom. However, while he did intend to ambush Burns and kill him, he was not the one who shot him, as he had mixed up his camouflage facepaint with his mother's makeup while attempting to put camouflage on when it happened.
The school also held a Medieval festival but the festival was disrupted by Groundskeeper Willie. But Principal Skinner blames Bart on Groundskeeper Willie's prank and expels him. But Bart was returned back as an apology probably by Superintendent Chalmers who then scolds Principal Skinner for expelling the wrong culprit and been told by one Bart's friends who been witnessed the prank.
It is surprising that the school has managed to stay open with all the problems it has. It was also one of the few landmarks that wasn't destroyed during Trappuccino, much to Bart's disappointment.
Many of the staff are less than thrilled to work there and are often involved in relationships with one another, they have even been known to get involved in "school yard rumbles" with the students.
Current and former StudentsEdit