MAJOR UPGRADES, MORE PLANNED AT MUNICIPAL SCHOOLS

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Daily Memphian (September 2, 2019)
Michael Waddell

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It was a busy summer break for construction crews working on millions of dollars worth of upgrades at area suburban schools, and more work is expected throughout the school year on major renovation projects and campus additions.

Update on Bartlett City Schools

The $60 million transformation of the Bartlett High School campus, which began in the summer of 2017, is the school’s first expansion in 40 years.

<strong>Jose´ Meza (left) and Juan Cortez lift an HVAC unit to be installed in Bartlett High School's new cafeteria. The $60 million transformation of the campus, which began in the summer of 2017, is the school’s first expansion in 40 years.</strong> (Houston Cofield/Special to Daily Memphian)
Jose´ Meza (left) and Juan Cortez lift an HVAC unit to be installed in Bartlett High School’s new cafeteria. The $60 million transformation of the campus, which began in the summer of 2017, is the school’s first expansion in 40 years. (Houston Cofield/Special to Daily Memphian)

“Things have gone well – a lot of things have happened over the summer,” Bartlett City Schools Superintendent David A. Stephens said. “The work they’re doing is really impressive, with the façade work tying the buildings together. We’re really happy with all of it and looking forward to what it’s going to look like when it’s finished.”

Several parts of the renovation were completed over the summer, including the new career technical education building with advanced manufacturing training space and an auto shop.

“Kids are in there and using it now,” Stephens said. “And with our partnership with TCAT (Tennessee College of Applied Technology) and the Greater Memphis medical device manufacturing community, we’re excited to have a such a great state-of-the-art facility.”

The school’s new turf football field is in place and stadium renovations continue, with new visitor bleachers and lighting going in most recently.

The entrances are also now open for the connectors, tying together the school’s main and west wings, and a couple of new classrooms are in use this year.

“We’ve also got our new guidance office, and we’re about to move into the new attendance office, which is going to put everything centrally located at the main entrance, creating a one-stop shop for parents coming into the main entrance,” Stephens said.

New construction on the south side of campus is also in full swing, including work on a new auditorium, Fine Arts wing, classroom and lab additions, cafeteria and commons area.

“We should be getting occupancy on those areas in January,” Stephens said. “So we’re excited that this group of seniors will be able to have a new cafeteria and new auditorium for that second half of their school year.”

Once the new cafeteria opens, the current cafeteria will be renovated into a new library, and then the former library space will be converted into a STEM section.

Stephens hopes all of that work, as well as the new field house and gymnasium (which will be built where the old vocational building that was torn down recently), will be finished by the start of school in fall of 2020.

Elsewhere in the BCS district, renovations this summer at Alturia Elementary included work on the restrooms, new roofing and paint, along with multiple paving projects at various schools. The district is also planning a new baseball and softball hitting facility to go in this school year at Freeman Park for its boys and girls teams.