Progress on bond issue projects

posted Dec 22, 2016, 11:07 AM by District Webmaster   [ updated Dec 22, 2016, 4:11 PM by Granger Meador ]

From Superintendent Chuck McCauley

Supt. McCauley
We’re making progress on several Bruin bond issue projects. Madison Middle School moved to its new location on 
the former Sooner/Mid-High campus last school year, and the demolition of the adjacent original Madison Middle School campus is underway. Asbestos abatement that began in late November is now complete, and the site should be fully cleared in the coming months.

Original Madison’s 1950s “California-style” school buildings were ill-suited to our Oklahoma climate, and many of their materials did not age well. This led to high maintenance costs for the district and a poor environment for students and staff. The demolition of the old buildings will conclude the projects from the 2013 bond issue which reconfigured our secondary schools. The reconfiguration reduced student transitions across grade levels and created a four-year high school. Reducing from four to three secondary sites has also significantly lowered our annual operating expenses in this era of inadequate state funding of our public schools. The plan is to demolish the Madison buildings to two feet below ground level, where grass seed will then be planted. 

Upcoming projects from the 2016 bond include resurfacing the track and replacing the tennis courts at the high school, replacing BPSD buses, and purchasing activity and “people mover” buses.

The resurfacing of the Bartlesville High School’s track, which will remain Bruin blue by popular demand, is set to be completed in January, although the new surface will need several days of decent weather for completion. The current Doornbos track was built in 1988, with some edge and marking renovations in 2004, and its surface has worn out. We’re looking forward to having a safe new surface for our athletes, suitable for hosting track events.

Purchasing of new buses will begin in January. The district will purchase 15 new route buses, which will become available by the end of this school year. Those will get better gas mileage and have lower maintenance costs than the old 1990s buses now in use. Additionally, we are excited to be purchasing two smaller “people mover” buses and two activity buses, which will be new to the district. The activity buses, adorned with Bruin graphics, will feature under-body storage for students’ equipment and can be utilized for trips to band competitions and sports games.

The five decrepit tennis courts at the high school and an adjacent parking lot will be replaced this spring with six new courts. Those will feature improved seating and access, with a grassy area along the west side to accommodate team and fan events. It will be exciting to have our players actually playing competitive matches at home again.

This is a great time to be a Bruin!

Bond Issue Updates from BruinBond.com

  • NEWS BUSES COMING IN 2017 In January 2017 the Bartlesville Public School District will open bids for 15 new route buses, two new activity buses, and two people-mover vehicles. The 15 new route buses ... 

  • TENNIS COURT & DOORNBOS TRACK RENOVATIONS BEGIN SOON The bond issue approved by voters in 2016 will fund replacement of the decrepit tennis courts at Bartlesville High School and resurfacing of the Doornbos Track around Lyon Field at ... 
  • DESIGN PROGRESSING ON PHILLIPS FIELD HOUSE AND FINE ARTS CENTER RENOVATIONS The expansion of Bartlesville High School to serving grades 9-12 in 2015-2016 has created pressure on athletics and music programs conducted during the instructional day which previously were ... 
  • BRUIN ACTIVITY CENTER REMODEL UNDERWAY The remodel of the Bruin Activity Center is underway. Voters approved the August 2016 bond issue, which included a remodel of part of the Bruin Activity Center, which is ... 
  • 2016 BOND ISSUES PASS THANK YOU, BARTLESVILLE! 70% YES on Proposition 1 for Operational Funding;  73% YES on Proposition 2 for Transportation ... 

Site of original Madison Middle School being cleared

The site of the original Madison Middle School is now being cleared. The school moved to the adjacent campus of the former Sooner High School/Bartlesville Mid-High in 2015-2016. The 1950s "California-style" buildings of the original campus were ill-suited to our Oklahoma climate and did not age well, leading to high maintenance costs for the district and a poor environment for students and staff.

Original Madison is being demolished

Closing and clearing the original site is significantly lowering the district's annual operating expenses in this era of inadequate state funding of our public schools. The demolition was part of the bond issue approved by voters in 2012.

Original Madison demolition in December 2016
Demolition photo from the Forgotten Bartlesville Facebook group


Doornbos Track to be resurfaced this winter

The Doornbos Track, built in 1988, will be resurfaced this winter as part of the bond issue approved by voters in August 2016. By popular demand the new surface will remain Bruin blue.

Doornbos Track before resurfacing

Tennis courts to be replaced

The five decrepit tennis courts at the high school and adjacent parking lots will be removed this winter and replaced with six new courts which will include center seating and a grassy area on the west side for team and fan events.

Decrepit tennis courts

New buses coming by end of school year

As part of the bond issue approved by voters in August 2016, fifteen 1990s-era route buses will be replaced by the end of this school year. The district will also be purchasing two activity buses and two smaller people-mover vehicles. Below is a rough draft of the sort of graphics the new activity buses might sport.

Activity bus mock-ups