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Additional Campus Renovations via 2016 Bond Issue


 Activity IssueBond Issue Solution 
High School Band and Orchestra9th-12th grade instrumental music programs were overflowing space built for grades 11-12Reconfigured 1939 Phillips Field House to provide additional instrumental music room with adjacent storage. Room off Fine Arts Center lobby remodeled into Color Guard practice room.
High School Choir9th-12th grade choir program was overflowing space built for grades 11-12Renovated former Fine Arts Center Flex Lab into an additional choir ensemble room.
High School Physical Education, Wrestling, Pom, and Cheer1939 Phillips Field House (old gym) was not configured well for current uses; physical education locker rooms were inadequate, wrestling needed more room, pom and cheer needed more appropriate practice spaces, etc.Reconfigured 1939 Phillips Field House to form better physical education locker rooms, larger wrestling room, and supporting offices. 1968 auxiliary gym remodeled into pom practice room with adjacent classroom remodeled into pom locker room. 1968 small gym remodeled.

Reconfigured Bruin Activity Center (indoor practice facility) now has dedicated high-ceiling space for cheer program and space for athletics weight training.
High School Soccer, Track, Cross Country, and TennisInadequate locker roomsReconfigured bottom level of Custer Stadium to provide appropriate locker rooms for boys and girls sports.
High School TrackThe Doornbos track, built in 1988 with some edge and marking renovations in 2004, had a worn out surface that had to be replaced.Track resurfaced by spring 2017.
High School TennisThe five decrepit courts at BHS were the worst in the conference, with unsafe surfaces, inadequate seating, and too few courts for tournaments.Five courts demolished. Six new courts with seating and grassy side area constructed.
High School SoftballSoftball field across town at Madison Middle School lacked a locker room; students traveled across parking lots to use old lockers in the Madison building.The only new square footage in the bond issue added an approximately 1000 square foot locker room at the softball field. That freed up space to allow Madison's locker rooms to be reworked to provide needed music practice and storage space.
High School BaseballThe district had been successfully operating and maintaining the stadium since 2015, while allowing other programs, including American Legion baseball, to use the stadium. The 2016 transfer of ownership from the city to the district allowed the district to capture lease revenue. The transfer of ownership did NOT increase operating costs for the district.In 2017 the stadium roof was repaired, joints in the stands were resealed, the HVAC was replaced, the lounge floor was leveled and old plumbing removed, and the pressbox and locker room were renovated.


2013-2015 Building the Future Projects

2014-2015 construction expanded the campus to serve grades 9-12 with additional classrooms, a cafeteria/commons area, and an area for a Freshman Academy with its own classrooms, library, office, and conference rooms.

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2007 & 2012 Bond Renovations


The 2007 bond issue provided funding to:
  • address the aging locker rooms in Custer Stadium
  • build a new indoor athletics practice facility
  • replace the remainder of the old HVAC systems in the core of the main building
  • replace windows on the east side of the school
  • replace the student lockers
  • improved classroom technology, including classroom LCD projectors and sound systems
The 2012 bond issue provided funding to:
  • upgrade Custer Stadium's exterior
    • new lights
    • new sound system
    • additional hand rails
    • replace south visitor side concession stand and restrooms
  • change to marker boards in remaining classrooms
  • new clock system
  • new front marquee with large color screen
  • new foyer tile
  • Fine Arts Center upgrades
    • additional sound equipment
    • new projector system
    • video equipment

2001-2008 Building on Excellence Projects

$23 million, with over $1 million in private donations went for the Building on Excellence facility improvements at Bartlesville High School as it entered its seventh decade at the start of the 21st century. 

The improvements came in several phases over the span of the bond issue. The last of the projects wrapped up in 2008.