HALLSVILLE, MO – Hallsville School District broke ground on its new $10 million middle school addition and athletic upgrades in Hallsville, MO on May 17. Members of the school district and the local community came out to celebrate the groundbreaking ceremony that marks the beginning of construction. Construction is anticipated to be completed by the summer of 2024. S. M. Wilson is serving as the construction manager at risk for the district. Klingner & Associates provided the professional architectural and engineering services for the design of the buildings and the upgrades.

With the passing of Proposition B, the existing Hallsville Middle School will receive an approximately 15,000 SF classroom wing addition with eight classrooms and associated support spaces. Along with the building improvements, the upgrades include relocation of the athletic track to the stadium complex; and installation of an artificial playing surface at the football field.

“The progress and achievement of our school district can be directly attributed to the support of the Hallsville community, its families, and our faculty and staff. We maintain our focus on the future of Hallsville schools and improving lives through learning,” said Superintendent John Downs.

The middle school addition will include five new general classrooms, art room, science room and gifted classroom. With a connection to the current middle school and intermediate school, renovations will also be made to the current central office including the superintendent and assistant superintendent offices, as well as provide connectivity from the middle school to the new addition.

Athletic upgrades include the construction of a new synthetic athletic track constructed around the current football field. With the demolition of the current football locker room, the following projects will occur – the adjustment of the football field location; relocation of the football field lighting and revision of the bus drive.

After overwhelming community support led to the approval of Proposition B in April 2022, this is the second largest approved bond issuance in the history of the school district. The funds allow the district to continue with its capital improvement plan.

“We had many volunteers who spent countless hours and personal time working to make Prop B a success. The district and Board of Education are incredibly thankful that our families and patrons remain dedicated to providing quality education for the children of Hallsville,”  Downs commented.

S. M. Wilson has completed several other educational projects throughout Missouri including the new elementary school with Hallsville School District, as well as multiple projects with other St. Louis Area school district – Ladue School District; Maplewood-Richmond Heights School District; Hazelwood School District; Francis Howell School District; Pattonville School District; and Alton Community Unit School District.

Hallsville School District serves over 1,400 students and employs more than 200 faculty, staff, and administrators.  The district includes our Primary School (grades PreK-2), Intermediate School (grades 3-5), Middle School (grades 6-8), and High School (9-12).  There are six sections in each level K-6, and our average student to teacher ratio in each building is 20:1. Special classes are offered to all students K-5 in music, art, counseling, P.E., health, and library.  Middle school students are offered a range of exploratory classes, and our high school offers dual credit college courses and AP classes. For more information about Proposition B, visit

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis and offices in Edwardsville, IL and Cape Girardeau, MO. Founded in 1921, S. M. Wilson is dedicated to going above and beyond expectations for their clients by putting people first. The 100% employee-owned company is one of the leading construction management firms in the Midwest. Areas of expertise include K-12 education, commercial, healthcare and industrial projects. For more information, visit