BROKEN ARROW -- Aug. 22, nearly 3,000 Broken Arrow Public Schools students will start their first day of school in a brand new building.
The district currently has six brand new facilities under construction -- Oneta Ridge Middle School, Aspen Creek and Creekwood Elementary Schools and Aspen Creek, Creek wood and Park Lane Early Childhood Centers.
For the 2013-14 school year BAPS will offer all-day Pre-K program for the first time.
"I think the main thing we are excited about is moving to that all-day 4-year-old program," said Michelle Bergwall, Chief Operating Officer for Broken Arrow Public Schools. "Those three building will be able to serve an entire grade level of our constituents with an all-day program of certified trenchers."
Prior to the 2012-13 school year, Park Lane was an elementary school. The building was repurposed after the district moved its students to the newly built Highland Park Elementary last year to become an Early Childhood Center.
Aspen Creek and Creekwood will be right next door to their elementary counterparts.
"Two brand new elementary schools that replace Indian Springs Elementary and Westwood Elementary… will be Aspen Creek Elementary and Creekwood Elementary," Bergwal l said.
Oneta Rigde, a 130,000 square-foot facility, replaces Haskell Middle School.
"Our oldest building was Haskell, and the building that was in the worst shape was Haskell," Bergwall said. "(Oneta Ridge is) a very nice opportunity – a building designed for middle school students and the needs they have. And we are excited to get to do that for them and improve those facilities for those students."
These projects are being paid for by a $295 million issue passed in 2009.
"Right now we have about $105 million under construction with those six projects and then other smaller projects that are going on throughout the district."
Bergwall said the six new buildings bring about 175 new classrooms to the district.
"We are actually removing 45 trailers out of service this summer that were equated to 90 classrooms all at the elementary level. So that is a big excitement that between Indian Springs and Westwood and Arrow Springs that are being repurposed, all of those classrooms will now be permanent classrooms."
With the new construction, as well as a new middle school redistricting plan approved April 1, Bergwall advises parents to visit the BAPS website (http://www.baschools.org/) to check attendance zones and district boundaries.
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Construction is set to be complete Aug. 1.