Superintendent and Board Chairman Present Future of Bartlett High School


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                         
March 31, 2017


BARTLETT, Tenn. (March 31, 2017) – In a work session held March 30, Dr. David Stephens, superintendent of Bartlett City Schools, and Jeff Norris, chairman of the Bartlett City Board of Education, shared plans for the future of Bartlett High School that address the growing student population and aging buildings.

Plans presented by Memphis-based Fleming Architects included five separate options, which ranged from building an entirely new high school at a new location to expanding the campus to adjacent property. The plan that includes the renovation of the existing high school was presented as the official recommendation.

“Bartlett City Schools continue to be recognized for excellence, and it is time that our facilities reflect that quality,” Norris said. “The continued growth of our student body makes this the perfect time for this kind of renovation.”

Proposed renovations include:

  • Expanding classroom capacity.
  • Creating one main entrance to the school.
  • Updating the library, cafeteria, auditorium, fine arts and CTE areas, gymnasium, and other athletic facilities.
  • Adding lobby spaces between the buildings and bringing all the buildings under one roof.
  • Updating quality of environment and aesthetics.

In 2014, Stephens commissioned Fleming Architects to examine solutions for the school’s continued rise in student population and aging buildings. Fleming spent two years gathering the opinions of students, faculty and community members before developing a series of plans that reflected their feedback.

“A modern school that offers exemplary academics will attract new families to Bartlett and continue to drive the economic and civic growth of this community,” Stephens said. “Renovating now is the most responsible and sensible option for our community.”

Renovations, which are currently estimated to cost between $55 million and $60 million, will prioritize the needs of students and faculty while making important additions to a building that has not had a major renovation in almost 40 years.

The presentation highlighted the benefits to the community and the economy of Bartlett as a result of the new high school and emphasized the continued growth of the area. It also revealed that the timing of the project would allow the school to avoid paying for portable classrooms and much of the $70 million in deferred maintenance, left over from the district’s time under Shelby County Schools.

For more information and to see renderings of the proposed renovations, please visit


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.