Bond projects continue through winter months

posted Feb 28, 2020, 9:06 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Feb 28, 2020, 9:07 AM ]
During the winter of 2019-2020, various projects funded by the August 2019 bond issue have been underway, and the district is busy placing orders made possible by the 2016 and 2019 bond issues. Below are updates as of late February 2020.

Agriculture building

The in-ground work and slab for the agriculture building on the south end of the Bartlesville High School campus is complete. Soon structural steel will be erected. When finished, the two-classroom building will resemble the adjacent Bruin Activity Center indoor practice facility. The district is currently hiring a second agriculture teacher so that a full scope of courses can be offered.

Custer Stadium pressbox

The 65-year-old pressbox was lifted off the stadium over winter break, and the new elevator shaft at the end of the alleyway is under construction.  Steel arrived in late February and has been laid along the alleyway, which is temporarily closed to anyone except construction workers.

Baseball & softball in-field turf

Contractors began laying down the new turf at Rigdon Field at Doenges Memorial Stadium in February, and that baseball field project will soon be complete. The contractors will then move over to the east side of town to install turf on the softball in-field between Hoover Elementary School and Madison Middle School.

5th-grade Chromebook carts

The district has ordered 21 carts with 30 Chromebooks each to equip all 5th-grade classrooms. The six or more Chromebook carts already at each elementary school will then be shared across Pre-Kindergarten through 4th-grade.

Chromebooks for high school teachers

The district has ordered convertible 2-in-1 touchscreen Chromebooks for all high school teachers. Elementary and middle school teachers received similar devices in January 2017 via a state grant. The new devices for high school teachers support a precise active EMR stylus, which will facilitate instruction, especially in the older high school classrooms that lack an electronic whiteboard.

Touchscreen wall panels for elementary schools

Over 100 75" touchscreen Promethean ActivPanels are being ordered for summer installation at Ranch Heights, Wayside, and Wilson elementary schools. Those schools had the most first-generation Promethean ActivBoards which are finally wearing out after a decade or more of heavy use. Hoover, Jane Phillips, and Richard Kane classrooms will be updated in the summer of 2021. The new ActivPanels are bright, include built-in instructional apps, and respond to both pens and fingers.

Camera upgrade coming

A Request for Proposal will soon be posted at BRUINBOND.COM to replace hundreds of indoor and outdoor security cameras across the district. The project will also update the camera servers and almost double the number of cameras overall.

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