Progress continues across the district on facility projects funded by bond issues approved by voters.
DOORNBOS TRACK RESURFACEDThe resurfacing of the Doornbos track at Bartlesville High School is complete. The track is already being put to use by our athletes. David Ayres, our head cross country coach who has led four state championship teams, commented, "We are so excited about the new track surface. It looks amazing and feels great! Thank you, Bartlesville, for investing in our student athletes!"
FORMER MADISON CAMPUS
Closing out the facility work from the 2013 bond issue, the old buildings which once housed Madison Middle School, before its move to the adjoining former Mid-High campus, have been completely removed, improving the landscape in that area.
A FUTURE IMPROVEMENT FOR HOOVER ELEMENTARY
The removal of the old buildings will allow for a drive to be built connecting the old Madison front loop to the back parking lot at Hoover Elementary. Parents will then be able to pick and drop off students on the east side of Hoover, with buses using its loop drive on the west side. This will ease traffic congestion on Madison Boulevard.
BRUIN ACTIVITY CENTER
Just north of the track, the new tennis courts project is still on course to be completed in early April. The new courts will feature walkways on the north and south sides providing access to a new seating area in the middle of the court complex. Wind screens on the north and south sides will feature the Bruins logo, and the courts will be blue with a green background. They will meet USTA US Open specifications. The bid came in low enough that lighting could be added on six poles, operable by a cell phone application and with an auto timer. Part of the former lower parking lot west of the courts will become a green space.
TENNIS COURTS AT BHS
Internal walls are going up inside the Bruin Activity Center indoor practice facility at Bartlesville High School. This will create dedicated spaces for an athletics weight room and for cheerleading.
The relocation of the athletics weight room from the smaller of the two auxiliary gyms in the Phillips Field House will free up space to relocate the pom program and provide additional space in the Phillips Field House for band and orchestra.
The cheerleading program's relocation to dedicated space in the Bruin Activity Center will allow them to dispense with daily movement of a bunch of mats in the larger auxiliary gym, which is used for physical education classes. A cheerleading office and locker room will be on the east side of the Phillips Field House adjoining the larger auxiliary gym.
At Doenges Memorial Stadium, a new HVAC system has been installed, floors leveled and old plumbing removed from the lounge, and new sealants applied to stand joints.
SOFTBALL LOCKER ROOM
Prep work is underway for the new softball locker room at Madison Middle School, which will free up space for the music programs in the main building.
Purchase orders have been issued for:
Specifications are being prepared for:
Various other facility improvements across the district are still to come, including large-scale renovations in the Phillips Field House, the lower level of Custer Stadium, and at Madison Middle School. The historic auditorium at Central Middle School will receive some upgrades, along with interior finish improvements at both Jane Phillips Elementary and Hoover Elementary.
It's a great time to be a Bruin!