FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 17, 2017
BARTLETT, Tenn. (April 17, 2017) – Bartlett City Schools will hold a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 20, in the Bartlett High School auditorium to hear questions on the proposed renovations to the school. The meeting is open to the public and will conclude at 8:30 p.m.
Questions and comments will be taken in written form from those in attendance, and answered by Dr. David Stephens, superintendent of Bartlett City Schools, Jeff Norris, chairman of the Bartlett Board of Education, and Scott Fleming of Fleming Architects.
Renovations to Bartlett High School are estimated to cost between $55 million and $60 million, a large majority of which will be paid for through a proposed $0.14 share of the mayor’s $0.35 property tax increase. Renovations will allow the district to avoid paying for portable classrooms and offset much of the $70 million in deferred maintenance projects that the district inherited from Shelby County Schools. For more information and to see renderings of the proposed renovations, please visit www.BuiltForBartlett.com.
About Bartlett City Schools
Founded in 2013 after a vote by Bartlett residents to break with Shelby County Schools, Bartlett City Schools operates a total of 11 schools. The district has run under a balanced budget each year since its inception and has been honored as an “Exemplary District” by the Tennessee Department of Education.
Since the district’s founding, ACT scores and awarded student scholarships have risen each year, while the schools’ Tennessee Value-added Assessment score has reached a perfect 5. Dr. David Stephens was named 2017 Tennessee Superintendent of the Year.
About Bartlett High School
The original structure of Bartlett High School was built in 1917, with additional construction and renovation taking place in 1950 and 1963. The most recent renovations to the high school were done in 1978 with the construction of several academic buildings and the football facilities.
Total enrollment at the high school is 1,820 and is expected to exceed 2,000 within the next two years. Freshmen attend the Bartlett Ninth Grade Academy, which was established in 2014. Bartlett has the largest ninth- to 12th-grade student population in the state of Tennessee.