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    • Bids awarded for turf on Rigdon Field at Bill Doenges Memorial Stadium and at softball field The district has begun awarding bids from initial funding from the bond issues which over 80% of voters approved in August 2019.On Monday, October 21, 2019 the Bartlesville Board ...
      Posted Oct 24, 2019, 5:26 AM by Granger Meador
    • Public invited to board meetings on next bond issue On March 27 and April 24, the school board will hold public meetings at noon in the high school’s Hospitality Room to gather community input on the next bond ...
      Posted Feb 22, 2019, 11:17 AM by Granger Meador
    • Old turf removed from Lyon Field In December the Bartlesville Board of Education approved a $452,000 contract with United Turf and Track of Edmond to replace the artificial turf on Lyon Field at Custer Stadium ...
      Posted Jan 24, 2019, 8:09 AM by Granger Meador
    • Bond Issue Oversight Committee Tour In July 2018 the Bond Issue Oversight Committee toured the completed bond issue projects at Bartlesville High School, Central Middle School, and Madison Middle School.Bartlesville High School Activity Issue ...
      Posted Nov 4, 2018, 10:39 AM by Granger Meador
    • District provides Chromebooks to students and staff Bartlesville Public Schools has been working to improve its instructional technology, drawing upon bond issue funding approved by voters as well as community donations and federal grants. Here's an ...
      Posted Jan 25, 2018, 5:05 PM by Granger Meador
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    QUESTIONS? 

    First, please check our 2019 or 2016 FAQ. If you can't find the answers you need, please ask in an email to questions@bruinbond.com.

    2019 BOND ISSUE SUMMARY
    Voters approved $17,915,000 for projects that include:
    • Technology: Extend the successful districtwide Chromebooks initiative through the 2022-23 school year while replacing decade-old electronic whiteboards in all elementary school classrooms with bright touchscreen panels.
    • STEM/Vo-Ag: Build a classroom/shop for the new vocational agriculture program and refresh the K-12 STEM devices and equipment to keep that award-winning program up-to-date.
    • Maintenance and Facilities: Replace climate control systems and elevators that are over 50 years old, along with many other maintenance needs at our school sites, which are 34 to 101 years of age. Also replace the 65-year-old pressbox so it can finally serve community needs, with about 1/3 of its cost paid by private funds.
    • Safety: Extend past safety enhancements which have proven to work, including more cameras, updated entry kiosks, improved doors and locks, and safer pedestrian crossings.
    • Transportation: Replace all buses that are over a decade old to further increase the bus fleet's efficiency and reliability.
    2016 BOND ISSUE SUMMARY
    Voters approved $19.4 million over a five year period for multiple purposes:
    Saving Jobs & Preserving Class Sizes
    The primary focus of the bond issue was to compensate for huge cuts in state funding since 2009. The district suffered multiple state revenue shortfalls in 2016 and cut 5% of its teachers as well additional administrators and support staff. The bonds allow the district to shift more operational costs from its general fund to bond issue funds to prevent additional staffing cuts and increases in class sizes.
    Improving Instructional Technology, Equipment, and Facilities
    The bond will continue to provide students with instructional technology, physical and digital textbooks, STEM programs in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, and maintain buildings and update classrooms and their furnishings.
    Targeted High-Priority Renovations
    The bond provided improvements in existing facilities previously identified as top priorities by community members on the district's Long Range Facilities Planning Committee, but which bond capacity limits prevented us from addressing in the 2013 reconfiguration bond issue.

    Bids awarded for turf on Rigdon Field at Bill Doenges Memorial Stadium and at softball field

    posted Oct 23, 2019, 3:08 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Oct 24, 2019, 5:26 AM ]

    The district has begun awarding bids from initial funding from the bond issues which over 80% of voters approved in August 2019.
    Spence Rigdon
    On Monday, October 21, 2019 the Bartlesville Board of Education approved naming the baseball field at Bill Doenges Memorial Stadium after long-time coach Spence Rigdon
    As part of a $16.1 million bond issue approved by 81% of voters in August 2019, the board also awarded a $569,400 bid from General Sports Surfaces to install artificial turf on the infields of Rigdon Field at Doenges Memorial Stadium as well as the softball field near Madison Middle School. The baseball field installation should be completed before spring 2019 with the softball field completed later.

    Spence Rigdon is currently the school district’s Athletics and Activities Director and was instrumental in the effort to have the baseball field and stadium transferred from the city to the district in 2016 so that the district could invest in renovations and maintenance of the historic facility.

    Mr. Rigdon is in the final stages of his life due to the ravages of colon cancer, which he was diagnosed with three and a half years ago. After numerous surgeries and extensive treatment, he is now transitioning to hospice care. Concerning Rigdon’s battle with cancer, Superintendent Chuck McCauley has stated, “Spence is the toughest person I have ever known.” 

    Mr. Rigdon has positively influenced many lives through his coaching in baseball and other sports, teaching, church, athletics administration, and community involvement. He taught social studies in the Bartlesville Public Schools for 18 years including a long stint in the district’s alternative high school program. He served as a district varsity baseball coach for thirteen years. In 2015, he was the recipient of the annual Kurt Schmoldt Teacher Appreciation Award and soon after that earned a master’s degree. In June of 2018, he became the Director of Athletics and Activities. 

    A Bartlesville native, Rigdon is a 1991 graduate of Bartlesville High School. He attended Kansas City Community College and graduated from Pittsburg State University in Kansas, where he played baseball. Rigdon began his career as the head baseball coach in Marysville, Kansas in 1996 while also coaching junior-level football and basketball. He later returned to Bartlesville to coach junior high football and basketball and freshman baseball. In 2001, he began coaching varsity football and was named the varsity assistant coach in baseball in 2004 before his stint as head coach. 

    Spence’s wife, Christina, is a Family Support Coordinator for Title I schools in the district. They have three children: Rilee (19), Bradee (16), and Cy (11). A Go Fund Me account has been created to support the Rigdon family at https://www.gofundme.com/f/7u39w-bless-the-spence-rigdon-family

    Bill Doenges Memorial Stadium
    Stadium

    A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE STADIUM & FIELD

    CURRENT USES

    The city has not had its own baseball team for many years, but Bill Doenges Memorial Stadium has long been the home of the Bartlesville Bruins baseball team. It has also been the home of the local American Legion Baseball Program and other area teams. The Stadium twice hosted the American Legion World Series, in 2003 and 2007, and for several years has hosted the Sandy Koufax World Series of the American Amateur Baseball Congress. The district supports use of the stadium by other teams.

    EARLY BASEBALL IN BARTLESVILLE

    Bartlesville has been a baseball town since its first team, the Brickbats, formed in 1895. The early-day teams had a community ballpark with a roofed grandstand for 500 spectators at what was the south end of the city near Johnstone Avenue and 11th Street. That park was quickly abandoned for a new stadium just south of there, which hosted 53 home games for the Bartlesville Grays. In 1907 the city purchased land just north of the city limits from William Johnstone on the allotment of his daughter, Nellie Johnstone, at the north end of Dewey Avenue - the site of present-day Bill Doenges Memorial Stadium.

    BARTLESVILLE MUNICIPAL ATHLETIC FIELD

    The first lights over the field were lit in October 1916. The wooden grandstand was replaced by today's roofed concrete facility via a $42,000 bond issue in 1930. It was dedicated as Municipal Athletic Field on May 2, 1932, and besides baseball games has hosted parades, boxing matches, rodeos, celebrations, and revivals. It even served as the high school football field until Custer Stadium was built in the early 1950s at College High School.

    Contractor James H. Hamilton built the stadium and concrete fence. The stadium was known as the only professional ballpark in the world with the same distance (340 feet) to the fence anywhere in fair territory, although today the home plate has moved so the field is no longer fully symmetrical.

    BILL DOENGES MEMORIAL STADIUM

    In 1997 the Bartlesville Municipal Athletic Field was renamed Bill Doenges Memorial Stadium in appreciation of nearly 60 years of support provided by Bill Doenges to the American Legion baseball program, with the Doenges Ford Injuns teams, which were later renamed the Doenges Indians. That league began a tournament in 1959 which became a city tradition and was later renamed the Glen Winget Tournament in memory of a beloved baseball manager who had been instrumental in starting it. The 60th Annual Glen Winget Memorial Baseball Tournament was held at the stadium in July 2019.

    In 1998 Bartlesville began bidding to host the American Legion World Series and won the bid for 2003. $1.25 million was spent renovating the stadium, and the city again hosted the event in 2007.

    TRANSFER OF OWNERSHIP

    In June 2016 the City of Bartlesville and Bartlesville Public School District approved the transfer of the Bill Doenges Memorial Stadium from the city to the district. Spence Rigdon was instrumental in that change, which allowed the district to invest bond issue dollars in major improvements to the pressbox and locker rooms and now to install artificial turf on the infield. The transfer also allowed the district to sell the ad space at the stadium and utilize the proceeds in maintaining the treasured and historic facility. 
    Just as there is now Lyon Field at Custer Stadium for the football program at Bartlesville High School, there will now be Rigdon Field at Bill Doenges Memorial Stadium for the baseball program. There is no plan to change the name of the Stadium itself, and part of the agreement between the city and the school district for the transfer of the property was that the city would have to be consulted before the stadium's name could be changed or any significant changes made to its façade. Rigdon's name will be instead be incorporated into the design of the new artificial turf on the in-field, funded by a 2019 school district bond issue.

    Public invited to board meetings on next bond issue

    posted Feb 22, 2019, 11:16 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Feb 22, 2019, 11:17 AM ]

    On March 27 and April 24, the school board will hold public meetings at noon in the high school’s Hospitality Room to gather community input on the next bond issues.

    In 2016, Bartlesville voters overwhelmingly approved bond issues totaling $19.4 million over a five-year period. The primary focus was to compensate for huge cuts in state funding since 2009, including multiple state revenue shortfalls in 2016 which forced the district to cut 5% of its teachers as well as additional administrators and support staff.

    The bonds allowed the district to shift more operational costs from its general fund to bond issue funds to prevent additional staffing cuts and increases in class sizes in 2017 and beyond. The bonds expanded on operational funding being provided via a 2012 bond issue, extending that support across 2019-20 and 2020-21.

    While Bartlesville voters were willing to shore up the district’s finances, the statewide pressures reached a boiling point in the spring of 2018. The legislature, pressured by a statewide teacher walkout, finally raised taxes to fund a $6,100 average increase in teacher salaries. During the 8-day teacher walkout, Bartlesville community members and organizations supported teachers and students, including helping distribute meals and providing daycare opportunities.

    However, the increased state funding for schools was almost entirely devoted to salaries and, because of how the money was distributed, Bartlesville Public Schools did not actually receive enough funding from the state to cover all of the cost of the mandated raises.

    Consequently, the district still lacks sufficient operational funding. Only because Bartlesville voters continue to support local bond issues has the district been able to avoid the loss of fine arts, world languages, and similar electives which have been eliminated or reduced in too many other districts. Since bond issue monies cannot be spent on salaries or other non-capital items, the district has still been forced to cut staff in recent years as well as eliminate some elective programs such as Family and Consumer Science.

    It appears likely that in August district voters will be asked to consider additional bond issues to address the district’s ongoing operational needs and continue to update its bus fleet and facilities.
    The 2016 bond already funded the replacement of all buses older than 2004. The district will be seeking additional funding to replace 13 route buses that were purchased in 2009 or earlier, along with a few other vehicles, to boost the fleet’s efficiency and reliability.

    The district will also be seeking operational funding for technology, curriculum, and maintenance needs as well as safety improvements and a few high-priority facility projects.

    A significant curricular change funded by the 2016 bond issue is a Student Computing Initiative which is providing take-home Chromebooks to the students at Bartlesville High School. That program will extend to both middle schools in August and will be funding Chromebook carts at each elementary school.  The 2016 bond also funds the purchase of both physical and electronic textbooks along with a variety of instructional and operational software. 

    A new bond issue would seek to extend funding for those technology initiatives for two additional years and provide funding to replace the district’s electronic whiteboards in the elementary schools, many of which have been in use for a decade and are approaching their end-of-life, while maintaining the district’s technology infrastructure and services.

    Other operational needs funded by the 2016 bond issue which would be extended for two years by a new bond issue include funding for fine arts and athletics uniforms and equipment, science and STEM equipment, and a long list of maintenance projects needed at the district’s school sites. The newest site in the district, Jane Phillips Elementary, is 35 years old and the main buildings at the other sites are even older, with Central Middle School as the oldest operating school site; its western part was built 102 years ago. Regular maintenance is vital for the aging structures, and HVAC and lighting updates will be needed in the years to come to improve their efficiency.

    The public is welcome to attend the noon meetings on March 27 and April 24 in the BHS Hospitality Room to learn more about the proposed bond issues and provide feedback on their development.

    Major Facility Projects Completed

    Beyond operational funding, the 2016 bond issue included $5.7 million in facility projects. You can see visual updates on them here at BRUINBOND.COM. All of the promised facility projects are now complete, including:
    • Renovating 7,000 square feet of existing spaces at Madison Middle School and Bartlesville High School to serve instrumental and choral music programs.
    • Adding a bus loop at Madison Middle School, replacing part of its climate control system, and renovating its auditorium.
    • Renovating the auditorium at Central Middle School, which was the only portion of that campus not addressed in a 2013 bond issue.
    • Renovating existing spaces in the 1939 Phillips Field House and the 2009 Bruin Activity Center to provide dedicated spaces for the pom and cheer programs, a relocated athletics weight room, and more dedicated space for wrestling.
    • Renovation of the lower level of Custer Stadium to provide locker rooms for soccer, track, cross country, and tennis.
    • Resurfacing of the Doornbos Track at BHS and replacement of the decrepit tennis courts with a new and expanded facility.
    • Adding a locker room at the softball facility west of Madison Middle School and renovating the baseball press box and locker rooms at Doenges Memorial Stadium.
    The district is always careful to budget sufficiently so that all promised facility projects can be completed. Once the above projects were completed and after ensuring bond issue funding was preserved for ongoing operational and maintenance needs, the district was able to fund the replacement of the turf on Lyon Field at Custer Stadium as described below.

    New turf completed on Lyon Field at Custer Stadium

    In February the new turf at the high school was completed. It replaced the turf installed in 2008 via a $650,000 donation from the Lyon Foundation, fulfilling the district's long-term commitment to the Foundation. Supt. Chuck McCauley shared, "We are very fortunate that the Lyon Foundation paid for the turf originally. The agreement was that the foundation would pay for it, and the district would maintain it and replace it when it was time.” Funding for the turf replacement came from the district's 2016 bond issue once all large promised facility projects were completed, while preserving bond issue funding for ongoing operational and maintenance needs.

    The new turf will make Bartlesville High School the first in the state to feature a shock padding underlay with AstroTurf Rootzone 3D3 Blend to provide better shock absorbency and protection for players. The shock pad will be installed between the sub-base layer and the turf and includes a 25-year warranty. Superintendent McCauley has stated, "I am really excited about the opportunity to install a shock pad and feel like this is the best product for our students." The new turf is the type that has been used for practice facilities at OSU and OU. The new turf logos use Lagoon Blue as a match for the light blue of the Bruins, navy blue, and white, with different shades of green every 10 yards. 

    Since the photo below was taken, temporary soccer lines have been painted on the field for soccer season which will be renewed annually.

    New turf on Lyon Field at Custer Stadium



    Old turf removed from Lyon Field

    posted Jan 24, 2019, 8:08 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Jan 24, 2019, 8:09 AM ]

    Turf removal panorama

    In December the Bartlesville Board of Education approved a $452,000 contract with United Turf and Track of Edmond to replace the artificial turf on Lyon Field at Custer Stadium. The former grass Custer Field was renamed the E. H. "Ted" Lyon Field at Custer Stadium in 2008 in recognition of a $650,000 donation by the Lyon Foundation to install Momentum 41 artificial turf. 

    That initial installation has reached the end of its projected ten-year lifespan. Supt. Chuck McCauley shared, "We are very fortunate that the Lyon Foundation paid for the turf originally. The agreement was that the foundation would pay for it, and the district would maintain it and replace it when it was time.” Drainage improvements made as part of the initial installation reduced the cost of the replacement, with funding for the turf replacement coming from the district's 2016 bond issue. 

    The new turf will make Bartlesville High School the first in the state to feature a shock padding underlay with AstroTurf Rootzone 3D3 Blend to provide better shock absorbency and protection for players. The shock pad will be installed between the sub-base layer and the turf and includes a 25-year warranty. Superintendent McCauley has stated, "I am really excited about the opportunity to install a shock pad and feel like this is the best product for our students."

    The new turf scheduled to arrive on campus on Friday, January 25 is the type that has been used for practice facilities at OSU and OU. The district is wanting the new installation completed around February 23 before Bruin soccer starts in early March, with a $1,000 penalty option if the target date is not met.

    The new turf logos will use Lagoon Blue as a match for the light blue of the Bruins, navy blue, and white, with different shades of green every 10 yards. Instead of permanent soccer lines, temporary ones will be painted on for soccer season and should flake off with the weather over time.

    The used turf has been made available for uses around Bartlesville, with the city opting to take some for use at Price Field and other organizations taking advantage of the opportunity.



    Turf rolled up
    The turf installed in 2008 has been rolled up and removed from Lyon Field

    Removed turf rolls
    Some of the rolls of removed turf have been claimed by the city and other organizations for re-use elsewhere

    Bond Issue Oversight Committee Tour

    posted Nov 4, 2018, 10:36 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Nov 4, 2018, 10:39 AM ]

    In July 2018 the Bond Issue Oversight Committee toured the completed bond issue projects at Bartlesville High School, Central Middle School, and Madison Middle School.

    Bartlesville High School
     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.
    Central Middle School

    Via the 2012 bond issue, almost the entire building was renovated in 2015-16 and a new gymnasium was constructed. The 2016 bond issue allowed the auditorium to be renovated with audiovisual updates, plaster repairs, paint, new carpet, new seating on the main floor, and repairs to historic seating in the balcony, which had a glass safety rail added.

    Madison Middle School

    All of the remaining original HVAC systems were replaced. The former shops were renovated into a commons with a bus loop drive. The auditorium seating was replaced, the stage repaired, and the audiovisual systems updated. The choir room was relocated and the former choir room repurposed for orchestra. The flooring, paint, and lighting were updated in the main gym and auxiliary gym. The cafeteria was repainted and new furniture provided. The office was also renovated.

    Madison Cafeteria


    District provides Chromebooks to students and staff

    posted Jan 25, 2018, 9:08 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Jan 25, 2018, 5:05 PM ]

    August 2017 Freshman Academy Chromebook Rollout Video

    Chromebook
    Bartlesville Public Schools has been working to improve its instructional technology, drawing upon bond issue funding approved by voters as well as community donations and federal grants.

    Here's an overview of the progress made since 2016 on the district's Student Computing Initiative, which is transforming the learning environment.



    Chromebooks for Students

    In August 2016, district voters approved a bond issue that included funding to gradually deploy Chromebooks to all secondary students over four years.

    Student Computing Initiative Timeline
    The district's long-term plan for student computing devices

    Teachers Wiring Chromebook Carts
    In fall 2016 the district purchased a dozen Chromebook charging carts with a total of almost 400 Chromebooks. The photo shows several of the high school teachers who volunteered to help wire up the carts. The carts have been used since then in the 10th, 11th, and 12th grade English classrooms.

    In 2016-2017, 29 teachers set up 52 online courses at the high school in its new Canvas Learning Management System. That year 1,222 students completed 2,321 assignments in Canvas and participated in 946 electronic discussions.

    This heavy adoption, before any take-home devices were deployed, was promoted by an online Kung Fu Canvas course of instructional videos and assignments, given inside of Canvas, to high school teachers. Teachers received instructional equipment incentives they could use in their teaching as they completed each of six phases of training, earning different Kung Fu Canvas "Belts". 

    Granger Meador
    By May 2017, 88 teachers at the high school had earned three belts, completing the first half of that training, and they have the opportunity to earn the remaining belts this academic year. By the end of the first semester of 2017-2018, 34 teachers had completed the entire training course, earning all six belts. Granger Meador, who leads the program as the district's Executive Director of Technology and Communication, expects many more will continue working through the training this year, spurred on by equipment incentives, the opportunity to make up an inclement weather day via in-service points, and their desire to harness the new technology to improve their students' learning.

    Granger Meador issues a Chromebook to a freshman
    Granger Meador issues a Chromebook to a Freshman Academy student

    This school year, 444 Chromebooks have been issued to freshmen for use both at school and at home. Each Chromebook has its own always-on case with a stitched Bruins logo. 

    Freshman Academy Chromebooks

    The take-home Chromebooks in the Freshman Academy and the Chromebook carts in the 10-12 English classrooms have led 69 teachers to offer 118 courses in Canvas to 1,677 students at the high school. Those students submitted almost 3,000 digital assignments in the first semester. 

    The shift to digital assignments has already dramatically changed college instruction and is making its way into the nation's secondary schools. A 2016 meta-analysis of 65 journal articles and 31 doctoral dissertations concluded that providing each student with a computing device led to:
    • significantly increased academic achievement in science, writing, math, and English
    • more student-centered, individualized, and project-based instruction
    • enhanced engagement and enthusiasm among students
    • improved teacher-student and parent-school relationships
    Realizing that a $250 device with charger and carrying case that travels to and from school each day would carry risks of damage and loss, over 400 of the Freshman Academy students' parents opted to purchase a $25 annual insurance plan which provides full damage/loss coverage for a first incident and half coverage for a second one during the year. The district runs the insurance program and uses the premiums to operate its new Student Technology Support Team (STST) classes at the high school.

    Wendy Meador
    Wendy Meador, a certified high school teacher who had previous experience in technical support and PC repair before she began teaching in Bartlesville in 2007, leads the STST. The class had six student technicians in its first semester and seven for its second semester. These students offered troubleshooting, maintenance, and repair for all high school Chromebooks, with about 1/4 of the freshmen using their services during the first semester.

    The student technicians have found that rebooting or reinstalling the Chrome operating system are the most common solutions for a mind-bogglingly diverse mix of user issues. Some Chromebooks suffer hardware failures such as power issues or cracked screens, like the one that STST member Andrea Hernandez prepares to replace in the photo below. The students created a video highlighting common issues.

    Students' Chromebook Safety Video

    Andrea Hernandez with cracked Chromebook screen
    Ms. Meador reported that 7% of insured students had damage/loss incidents in the first semester, including 19 cracked screens. While Dell did not consider the glued-in screens replaceable parts, Ms. Meador used the insurance premiums to purchase replacements, and her students successfully repaired the devices. In the photo, STST members Olive Foust, Artturi DeBlieck, and Logan Gray are shown replacing Chromebook screens.

    Olivia Foust, Artturi DeBlieck, and Logan Gray work on Chromebooks
    Student Technology Support Team students repairing Chromebooks


    Ms. Meador and her students also support technology throughout the school and assist with deployment and support of staff Chromebooks throughout the district. Current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors may apply to join the program next year, when the STST will be supporting over 1,600 take-home student Chromebooks at the high school, over 500 classroom-based student Chromebooks moving from the high school to the two middle schools, and about 500 Chromebooks used by staff members across the district.

    Andrea Hernandez repairs a Chromebook
    The interior of a Chromebook being serviced by the STST


    Chromebooks for Staff 

    It was important for high school staff to have their own Chromebooks in 2016-2017 to help them train and prepare for using them in their instruction. Staff Chromebooks have also made meetings more productive and reduced wasted paper, promoting collaborative work on documents, presentations, and data analysis.

    In early January 2018, a federal grant allowed the district to purchase 340 Chromebooks for elementary and middle school staff members. To have them ready for the mid-January in-service day, in only four days the Student Technology Support Team, with the help of the district's Technology Services department one morning plus continuing help from high school librarian Kim Lashbrook and library aides, prepared the devices and outfitted them with cases, chargers, cleaning cloths, stickers, and instructional manuals.

    The high school support team helped deploy 340 Chromebooks for elementary and middle school staff members
      The Student Technology Support Team, with the help of the district's Technology Services department one morning plus continuing help from high school librarian Kim Lashbrook and library aides, prepared 340 Chromebooks in early January for the district's elementary and middle school teachers

    To help support this deployment, on January 15, 2018 district teachers provided over 21 different 50-minute technology training sessions to their fellow secondary school teachers. The topics included creating video lessons with a Chromebook, creating digital assignments and quizzes in Canvas, tips and tricks for using Chromebooks, and much more.

    The Chromebooks were kept a surprise for the elementary teachers. They received on-site training on their new Chromebooks, and were already putting them to use at staff meetings later that week.

    Teachers meeting using Chromebooks
    Elementary school teachers using their new Chromebooks at a staff meeting

    The January inservice day also provided additional teacher training on the STEM Launch computer science modules which are being piloted in all kindergarten through fifth grade classes. Those modules make use of equipment and iPad carts funded by earlier grants from the Bartlesville Public Schools Foundation and ConocoPhillips. Fundraising continues on a $100,000 goal of the Bartlesville Public Schools Foundation to support another set of iPad carts with Biomedical and Engineering modules for 2018-2019.

    Elementary STEM iPads
    All kindergarten through fifth grade classes are using iPads in the new STEM Launch computer science modules

    After the second wave of iPad carts is put to use in the elementary schools in 2018-2019, the district expects to be adding a mix of classroom-based Chromebooks and iPads at each elementary school.

    District Support

    Lori Patterson
    At a recent school board meeting, Mr. Meador highlighted the efforts of Technology Services Director Lori Patterson and the eight technicians she supervises. They keep all of the technology in the district running, including the network infrastructure and services that make it possible for thousands of students and staff to use their Chromebooks, iPads, desktop computers, and printers. 

    Ms. Patterson and the technicians support all sorts of technology beyond the obvious computing devices and their wireless and wired networks, including electronic whiteboards, telephones, clocks, intercoms, and security cameras. Needless to say, their expertise is greatly appreciated.

    With the continued elimination of state programs for professional development due to inadequate funding, Bartlesville teachers have had to help each other in an era of constant technological change. Technology Services is assisted by teachers and other staff members at each school site who help troubleshoot and address problems, including teachers at the larger middle schools and high school who receive extra duty stipends as site technology assistants. 

    Laura Salzyn
    Each school also has a teacher who receives an extra duty stipend to provide site-based technology training. Their efforts are coordinated by Laura Salzyn, one of the Teacher Specialists at the district's Education Service Center. Laura also assists with curricular assessments throughout the district.

    Angie Linthacum
    Angie Linthacum is the district's other Teacher Specialist. She assists with the STEM Launch program and also coordinates the district's English Language Development program which supports students coming from homes where languages other than English are used.




    We are working together to modernize our schools

    Even in this era of inadequate state budgets, the support of our community and our talented students and staff are allowing us to modernize our schools. The district has made tremendous progress in its use of instructional technology since the successful 2016 bond issue. Continued support from district voters in future bond issues will be critical to maintaining the secondary Chromebook program and expanding the use of computing devices in the elementary schools. This is a long-term investment that promises great rewards in the years to come.



    December 2017 Construction Update

    posted Dec 18, 2017, 2:36 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Dec 19, 2017, 1:39 PM ]


    Keleher Architects presented an update at the school board’s December 2017 meeting about various construction projects at each secondary school. These projects were all funded by the August 2016 bond issue.

    Central Middle School

    Central auditorium

    The main level of the auditorium has new seats. The historic seating in the balcony was retained, but a safety railing has been installed, with thick glass panels to avoid obstructing sight lines.

    Balcony safety rail

    Custer StadiumCuster Stadium locker room

    Renovations continue in the bottom level of the stadium to finally provide locker rooms for track, cross country, tennis, and girls soccer while updating the visitor dressing room and boys football/soccer locker room. Flooring is being installed, including epoxy flooring in the new showers. Light fixture installations are almost complete, and painting is underway.

    Madison Middle School

    Madison auditorium
    Like the auditorium at Central, the one at Madison also has new seating.

    The new locker room and dugouts at the softball field are complete. Both gymnasiums have received some updates, with floors to be refinished over Winter Break.Renovations are wrapping up in a former locker room area to provide more space for the music programs. Part of it was used for a new choir room, with the former choir room renovated to finally provide a dedicated room for the orchestra program. The existing band room was also renovated. The remainder of the old locker room area has been reconfigured to provide music storage and practice rooms and renovated locker areas for physical education.

    Keleher reported that flooring is complete in most areas and there would be a punch-list walk-through once remaining doors and acoustical panels arrive and are installed.

    Madison locker area renovations

    Damaged asphalt
    Madison & Hoover Drives

    The Board of Education approved a change order to address issues with the asphalt drives at Hoover Elementary and adjacent Madison Middle School. The application of a second layer of asphalt was halted earlier this year when it became apparent that the first layer had deformed significantly despite the area having been prepared and passing previous soil compaction tests.

    Civil engineers were consulted and determined that subsurface water was flowing across the area atop buried layers of rock. They recommended that French drains be installed around the high side of the new drive at Madison as well as just north of Hoover Elementary to catch and divert the subsurface water, redirecting it to storm drains.

    The existing damaged asphalt will be removed, the French drains constructed and tied in, and then new asphalt will be installed. Despite this setback, the total cost of the construction projects from the bond issue remains within the originally budgeted amount.

    Bond issue projects status report for 8/1/2017

    posted Aug 1, 2017, 12:08 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Aug 1, 2017, 2:36 PM ]


    Many bond-funded projects have been going on in the district this summer. New buses and people-movers, furnishings, technology, and various renovations will benefit students when they return to school on Thursday, August 17.

    However, a primary focus of the August 2016 bond issue was saving teaching jobs and preserving class sizes amidst years of declining state funding for public schools. Thanks to the bond issue and the painful personnel cuts made going into the 2016-2017 school year, the district has not had to cut teachers nor student programs for 2017-2018. It also has rebuilt its fund balance to the minimum safe 7% level.

    This is significant, since during the 2017 fiscal year overall state appropriations to the district were down another $450,000, due to continued shortfalls in revenue. This was on top of years of prior reductions and shortfalls.

    An online slideshow documents the progress the district is making even in these difficult times for public schools, thanks to the continued support of local voters. A printable PDF version is attached to the end of this post.

    THANK YOU, BARTLESVILLE!
    Bond Issue Update
    You can click the above graphic to open the slideshow

    Construction Update, 6/19/2017

    posted Jun 20, 2017, 2:14 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Jun 20, 2017, 2:18 AM ]

    During the June 19, 2017 meeting of the Bartlesville Board of Education, Keleher Architects shared an update on the construction projects funded by the 2016 bond issue.


    Softball locker room
    The new softball locker room, the only new square footage in the 2016 bond issue, should be complete in July 2017.

    Bond projects update at the start of summer 2017

    posted Jun 8, 2017, 1:45 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Jun 19, 2017, 9:04 AM ]

    BUSES ARRIVE

    All 15 new route buses and one of two new activity buses have arrived. An additional activity bus and two people-movers, all with Bruins graphics, will arrive later.

    Activity Bus
    Both new activity buses and two additional people-movers will feature extensive Bruins graphics

    Activity Bus interior
    The activity buses feature large, comfortable charter-bus style seats, storage racks, individualized lighting, individualized air conditioning vents, and USB ports for the passengers to use for electronic devices. This will be a boon to students on long trips to and from away games.

    The second activity bus is scheduled to arrive before the end of June. The two people-mover mini-buses are out of the factory and are now receiving interior updates. The should arrive by the end of June.

    With most of the new buses in place, the district will be holding an auction on Friday, June 16, 2017 at 10 a.m. at Madison Middle School for 15 old but driveable route buses, 3 non-driveable buses, a couple of other vehicles, and the old graduation stage.

    PROGRESS ON ATHLETICS FACILITIES

    Tennis courts usable by team and nearly complete

    The tennis courts were put into use by the team before the end of the school year, after the contractor conformed the fencing and surface markings to the plans. The windscreens are up and the lighting should become operational in the second week of June.

    Tennis Courts
    The tennis courts are complete except for some lighting work

    Indoor practice facility renovations come to a close

    The Bruin Activity Center renovations, which segmented the final bay of the existing facility into an weight room for the athletics program and a practice space for the cheerleaders, have come to a close. In the shots below, the only missing elements are some graphics.

    These two spaces now include full climate control, an improvement over the spaces they used to occupy in the 1968 additions to the 1939 Phillips Field House. The larger 1968 auxiliary gym can now be dedicated to the school's physical education classes, while the smaller gym, which for many years was a weight room, will soon be renovated into a practice space for the pom program.

    Cheerleading space in BAC
    Half of the final bay of the Bruin Activity Center, the indoor practice facility located south of 18th Street at the high school, is now a great space for the cheerleading program; the program will also have offices and locker space in the Phillips Field House once its renovations are completed

    Athletics Weight Room in BAC
    The other half of the final bay of the Bruin Activity Center is now an athletics weight room; the physical education weight room remains in the Phillips Field House

    BAC renovations
    Another view of the athletics room, showing the wall separating that bay from the rest of the indoor practice facility; HVAC units were added to serve both the cheerleading and athletics weight room spaces


    Softball locker room construction continues

    The heavy spring rains slowed its progress, but construction continues on the new locker room and dugouts at the softball field located at Madison Middle School. The locker room walls have been built, the dugouts are framed, and trusses are on site and should be installed soon.

    Softball locker room
    The walls are built for the new softball locker room

    Softball dugouts
    The dugout walls are completed at the softball field


    Doenges Stadium making good progress

    The locker room renovation at Doenges Stadium has been completed. The carpet in the press box has been installed and minor repairs to the walls are being done. The guest press box floor has been repaired.

    Doenges locker room
    The locker room renovations at Doenges Stadium are complete

    Doenges Stadium carpet
    Carpeting and general refreshes at Doenges Stadium

    Doenges Stadium pressbox
    The pressbox at the stadium has been improved

    NEW PROJECTS UNDERWAY AT FIVE SITES

    Music Program Improvements

    The recent bond issue projects at the secondary schools will reallocate and renovate over 7,000 square feet of existing space for the district's music programs.
    The start of summer break means five additional projects are now underway across the district.

    Extracurricular programs which have had inadequate spaces for years are benefiting from the construction and renovation projects.

    Phillips Field House & FAC renovations begin

    At Bartlesville High School, demolition has begun on areas of the 1939 Phillips Field House and one room in the 2004 Fine Arts Center to provide additional space for the music programs. Those programs increased in size at the high school with the addition of grades 9 and 10 to the campus in 2015-2016.

    The former FLEX computer lab in the Fine Arts Center will be renovated into an additional ensemble space for choir, while a ramp connection will be made in the existing band room into the adjoining 1939 Phillips Field House. The old auto shop in the field house later was a journalism lab and in recent years was used by the pom program. That area and an adjoining former classroom are being renovated into an additional instrumental music room and musical instrument and uniform storage.

    The Phillips Field House was already helping out the music programs. The 2013 bond issue for the reconfiguration to grades 9-12 at Bartlesville High School funded a renovation of the former training room on the lowest level of the southeast corner of the field house into a percussion room with a ramp leading up in the main ensemble room in the adjoining Fine Arts Center.

    Phillips Field House & FAC Renovations
    Both the music and athletics programs will benefit from renovations of the 1939 Phillips Field House and its 1968 addition and the addition of a ramp in the band room and renovation of one room in the 2004 Fine Arts Center

    Much of the remainder of the 1939 Phillips Field House and its 1968 addition will also be renovated to benefit a variety of athletics programs. The pom program will gain a locker room from a former classroom. The smaller auxiliary gym, which for years has been a weight room, will become a much-improved pom practice space.

    Various offices and locker rooms between the main gym and the north auxiliary gym will be renovated to improve the weight room area and locker rooms for physical education and provide improved locker room and other spaces for the cheerleading and wrestling programs. The wrestling practice room will be renovated and expanded.

    Madison renovations begin

    The renovations at Madison Middle School have also begun. They will bring improvements for transportation, climate control, the auditorium, and the music programs.

    Bus Loop

    A loop around the building will be constructed to separate buses from personal vehicles, improving traffic and safety before and after school. Buses will then be able to pick up and drop off at the commons area on the north side of the school, while parent pick-up and drop-off will remain in the loop drive off Baylor.

    Madison Loop Drive

    Dedicated Band, Choir, and Orchestra Rooms
    The former Sooner High/Mid-High facility has never had separate rooms for band and orchestra, so the auditorium stage was in daily use for practice, impeding its other uses. The building of the softball locker room, which is the only new square footage in the entire 2016 bond issue, will free up space in the main building so that locker rooms just north of the auditorium can be reconfigured.

    The choir program will be moving to space in the reconfigured area, allowing the orchestra program to use the former choir room. The locker room area reconfiguration will also provide an additional breakout room and storage for the music programs, while still providing appropriate locker rooms for girls and boys taking physical education classes.

    Auditorium Improvements

    The auditorium seats will be replaced with ones like those in the Fine Arts Center at the high school. The finishes and systems in the stage area and auditorium will be refreshed where needed.

    HVAC Upgrade

    The original steam heating system, which has been serving portions of the site since it was constructed in the late 1960s, will finally be replaced with a modern and energy efficient system with on-demand heating and cooling.

    Central auditorium update

    The auditorium was the only part of Central Middle School that was not renovated in the 2013 bond issue. Now the seats on its main level will be replaced with ones like those at the high school Fine Arts Center, while the historic seats will remain in the balcony. Plaster rot will be addressed, worn carpet replaced, and there will be a safety update for the balcony rail and updates to the audiovisual system.

    Jane Phillips & Hoover finish refreshes

    Previous bond issues renovated the corridors of the other four district elementary schools, but Hoover and Jane Phillips had not been refreshed. Paint and carpet and other finish refreshes will bring those sites up to par. Some exterior panel issues at both sites and a parking lot issue at Jane Phillips will also be addressed.

    OTHER PROJECTS

    Furniture

    Priority furnishings needed for Bartlesville High School, Central Middle School, Madison Middle School, and Richard Kane Elementary School should arrive in July.

    Carpet

    Carpet
    Worn carpet at many sites will be replaced. Shown here is a classroom at Richard Kane Elementary School with its new carpet.

    Elementary playgrounds
    Bids were received in early June to replace the pea gravel at all of the elementary playgrounds with a safer modern material, and the deteriorated edge timbers will be replaced. 

    Custer Stadium locker rooms

    Bids will be received in mid-June on the last major renovation project in the 2016 bond issue. The lowest level of Custer Stadium will be renovated to finally provide locker rooms for track, cross country, and tennis as well as space for girls soccer.

    Custer Stadium locker rooms

    Hoover/Madison driveway

    Bids will be received in mid-June to build a loop drive around Hoover Elementary to improve traffic and pedestrian safety.

    CHROMEBOOKS FOR FRESHMEN

    Help for Parents

    Parents and students can get online help with the district's new Chromebooks at BPSCHROMEBOOK.COM.

    They can also get online help with the Canvas Learning Management System at BPSCANVAS.COM. Canvas will be available for students and teachers to use in grades 6-12 in 2017-2018.

    Online help is also available for the district's G Suite for Education.
    The 2016 bond issue also provided funding for a variety of technology improvements, focused on a Student Computing Initiative to phase in devices students can use at school and at home.

    In August 2017 all freshmen at Bartlesville High School will receive a new Chromebook. These cloud-based computers are inexpensive but powerful ways to modernize instruction. 

    Dell 3180 Chromebook
    A parent or guardian must be present with each freshman student to check out the Chromebook. The first check-out will be after the Bruin Camp on Friday, August 4, with the remainder to be checked out on Thursday, August 10. 
    On 8/10, Chromebooks will be distributed as part of schedule pick-up from 8:30-11 a.m. and from 12:30-3 p.m., with an evening Chromebook checkout from 5-7:30 p.m. 

    In August the district plans to provide parents the opportunity to purchase Chromebook insurance online with a credit card. There will also be credit card, check, and cash insurance sales on the August 4 and August 10 pick-up days. The $30 insurance plan fully covers the first incident a student might have with accidental damage to a Chromebook, and covers half the cost of a second incident.

    A new Student Technology Support Team class at the high school will handle Chromebook repairs and usage issues as well as assist staff with various technology needs. 

    Canvas across grades 6-12 in 2017-2018

    More teachers will be using the Canvas Learning Management System to provide class calendars and assignments to students. All freshmen will begin submitting some digital assignments in their classes for teachers to grade online. Teachers can also use the district's G Suite for Education applications to allow students to complete some assignments while offline, uploading them when they return to campus.


    Chromebooks and iPads rolling out in future years

    In 2018-2019, all students in grades 9-12 will have Chromebooks for use at school and at home. In 2019-2020, Chromebooks will be provided for all students in grades 6-12, while additional Chromebook and iPad carts will be provided for students in the elementary schools in later years. (The iPad carts for each elementary school's new STEM Launch modules are being funded by community donations, not bond funds, which must be allocated to secondary Chromebook deployment for several years.)

    Timeline

    These devices will allow the district to gradually reduce its operating expenses for paper and physical textbooks, although some use of both will be retained. They will also allow the district to eventually phase out non-dedicated computer labs in the secondary schools.

    Whew! That's a lot to report on, with much more to come in the future. THANK YOU Bartlesville, for making this possible in this era of inadequate state funding for our public schools.

    April 2017 bond projects progress report

    posted Apr 29, 2017, 9:09 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Apr 29, 2017, 12:43 PM ]

    Here are some updates for the end of April 2017 on various construction projects funded by the August 2016 bond issue:

    Tennis Courts work will continue in May 

    Construction work on the new tennis courts at BHS will continue for awhile longer. In addition to finalizing the areas around the courts and laying sod, inspection of the fencing and court placement revealed some court and fence placements did not conform to the plans.
      
    So on May 1 the new courts will be closed so that corrections can be made. The cost of shifting the fencing and net poles and providing two new coats of court colors  to match the placements in the specifications will be borne by the contractor.

    The district has been impressed by the quality of the materials and surfaces provided by the contractor. Superintendent McCauley said, "The contractor has been great to work with, and we are confident these fixes will provide us with superb courts for our tennis teams that match precisely with the bid specifications."

    This project is still coming in overall less than the original purchase order.

    Tennis courts plan

    Some work will be done in May to conform the new tennis courts to the plans.

    Tennis courts in April

    Bruin Activity Center remodel is almost complete

    The new athletics weight room and cheer room in the indoor practice facility should receive occupancy clearance soon, after cleaning and clearing final punch list items.

    Doenges Stadium renovations are 90% complete

    New lighting and flooring have been installed. Now waiting on the delivery of lockers to complete the work. They are scheduled to arrive the second week of May

    Softball field work slowed by rains

    The work at the softball field west of Madison Middle School has been greatly slowed by spring rains. But new dugouts and locker room slabs have been poured and concrete block work is starting first on the dugouts and then on the locker room.

    More buses arrive

    Transportation Manager Orville Burks reported that four more new route buses arrived on Friday, 4/28. 

    Bids status update

    Bids have been received on the renovations for Madison Middle School and the auditorium seating projects at Madison and Central middle schools. The architects are working on contractor schedules.

    Several bids come in the first week of May:
    • Hoover Elementary School and Central Middle School renovations
    • Jane Phillips Elementary School renovation
    • Boiler replacements for Bartlesville High School and Ranch Heights Elementary School
    The architectural drawings for the driveways at Madison Middle School and Hoover Elementary School and for the remodel of the bottom level of Custer Stadium are 90% complete and should be completed in early May.


    General fund relief partially offsets continued state revenue failures

    Outside of the various construction projects, the prime motivation for the August 2016 bond issue was to shift some operating expenses from the district's general fund, allowing its fund balance to recover and to offset continued cuts in state funding. The funding collected since the bonds were sold in late 2016 has allowed $450,000 in general revenue expenses to be shifted to bond funds.

    This bond funding has helped the district absorb about half of the net state revenue reduction it is expected to suffer by June.  Those revenue failures mean our district fund balance at the end of the fiscal year will be around 7%, whereas a few months ago we were on track to end at around 10%.
       
    The district is projected to lose $900,000 in state funding by the end of this fiscal year in June 2017. The overall loss is due to revenue failures in the state's 1017 Fundwhich was established in 1990 as a dedicated revenue source by the HB 1017 school reform law. On April 27, 2017 State Superintendent Hofmeister announced that the state's public schools had lost $82 million since February 2017 and would lose over $100 million by June. This loss of funding is on top of the legislature's decision in May 2016 to eliminate all $33 million in textbook funding statewide and cut another $38 million in public schools activities funding, despite some politicians' misleading claims they held school funding flat and their failure to acknowledge that ever-increasing state enrollment means the budget would have to actually increase to keep pace.

    Regrettably, state leaders have repeatedly failed to address the structural deficit in the state's budget caused by repeated income tax cuts, various corporate and industry tax breaks, various off-the-top funding streams, and failure to budget for the long-term economic cycles of the petroleum industry. Instead, in recent years they have relied on one-time money, a state roads bond issue, and draining various fund balances to balance the state budget. The schools suffered repeated state revenue failures in 2016 and now that has recurred in 2017 because the various financial tricks are now played out, with fund balances so low that cash flow problems in the 1017 Fund now directly impact schools after their budgets are adopted and employee contracts are signed.

    So it has been up to the district and local voters to make up for the state's fiscal failures. The district is on track for over $1.3 million in personnel cost reductions in 2016-2017 and has implemented another administrative streamlining for 2017-2018 that should save an additional $160,000. The 2016 bond issue, which allowed $450,000 in general fund expenses to be shifted to bond funding in 2016-2017, will allow $700,000 to be shifted in 2017-2018. 

    So the bond issue is why the district is not expecting other significant personnel reductions for 2017-2018, which will preserve programs and class sizes for its students. THANK YOU, BARTLESVILLE, FOR HELPING US WEATHER THIS STORM. However, unless the state addresses its revenue problems, we can expect additional staff cuts in future years and a worsening of the teacher shortage due to low teacher salaries.

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