BPS makes progress on 2019 bond issue improvements – Examiner Enterprise

As Bartlesville Public Schools continues to implement 2019 bond issue improvements, voters are set to consider a new $28.5 million bond proposal Aug. 10 that would further enable the district to upgrade and expand its facilities.

District officials said approval of the 2021 bond issue will not increase taxes.

Early projects laid out in the $17.9 million bond issue in 2019, such as the vocational agriculture classroom/shop and the press box at Custer Stadium, were completed by the start of the 2020-21 academic year, said Granger Meador, BPS executive director of technology and communications.

Last summer, the 2019 bond issue funded the replacement of older electronic whiteboards and projectors in the classrooms at Ranch Heights, Wayside and Wilson elementary schools with large touchscreen ActivPanel monitors, he said.

The same improvements are being completed this summer at Hoover, Jane Phillips and Richard Kane elementary schools using 2019 bond money.

Other upgrades funded by the 2019 bond issue, including technology, STEM, curriculum, textbooks, athletics, fine arts and maintenance, will begin July 1 and extend through June 30, 2023. 

“We’ll have another bond issue vote on August 10 that would fund such operational areas from July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2025,” Meador said.

That Aug. 10 bond issue would also go toward construction of a new Bartlesville Agricultural Center south of the high school campus, expanded offices and large high lobbies at Richard Kane and Wilson, he said. It would also provide various upgrades at all district schools as well as vehicles, uniforms and instruments for the band and choir programs.

Part of the funding will be used to replace the baseball practice facility at Doenges Stadium and to build a new softball and golf practice facility west of Madison Middle School.

Another portion of the funding will go toward new mobile devices such as Chromebooks, cellular hot spots, iPads and carts and desktop computers for teachers and staff. The district also will replace visitor seating at Custer Stadium and the BHS track surface.

For more details and information about the 2019 bond issue and the 2021 bond issue proposal, go to BruinBond.com.

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