Airline sunrise January 11, 2017
A recent sunrise highlighted the construction scheduled for completion this summer.
Planning & Construction Department is now located at BESC.
NEW HAUGHTON MIDDLE SCHOOL
Progress photo 6-24-2016
Progress photo of main classroom wing, looking north, on 6-9-2016
Demolition of E Wing at Airline High School
7:30am, Wednesday June 15, 2016.
Robert Boyce, Superintendent for Don M. Barron Contractor and Bailon Moore of H & W Demolition take a break to consider their progress in demolishing Airline High’s "E" Wing, constructed in the 1960s, to make way for construction of a new state of the art 36 classroom wing.
All improvements at Airline will be completed by fall 2017.
N Wing progress photo 6-14-2016
Haughton Middle School - progress photos
Construction is in progress on LA Hwy 3227, Haughton
Airline High Wing Addition
January 11 - Progress photo on Airline High School, the first wing addition to be completed for this summer.
Final Land Tract Donated for BPSTIL
Before 2015 ended, the Miciotto family helped prepare Bossier Schools for the future.
Seven additional acres of land for future expansion of the Bossier Parish School for Technology and Innovative Learning (BPSTIL) were donated by the Miciotto Family Group as part of a mutual agreement with the Bossier Parish School Board.
The land BPSTIL is built on was purchased from the Miciotto family. Upon completion of the school, the Miciottos committed to donate seven remaining acres for expansion. BPSTIL opened in August 2015. Already this school year, 919 students have taken courses there or are currently doing so now.
Pictured at the closing are, from left to right: Ron and Natalie Miciotto; Debbie Miciotto Malarcher of G&J Miciotto Properties; Joseph Miciotto of Greco-Miciotto Properties; and Geoff Westmoreland of Wiener, Weiss & Madison.
BPSTIL On Fast Track to Completion
Their reactions were much like kids on Christmas morning. Educators at Bossier Parish Technical School were finally getting their first sneak peek inside the new Bossier Parish School for Technology and Innovative Learning that will open its doors in Fall 2015. To say they were eager to see what awaits them is an understatement. Moving day cannot get here fast enough.
“I have windows!” exclaimed one as she walked into what will be her First Responder classroom. “It’s huge! Look at the size of this!” another one remarked as she eyed her space for the Certified Nursing Assistant course. Reality exceeded expectations, no question about it.
Lots of oohs and aahs followed as Ben Bledsoe and Bryan Yeates with Bledsoe Architects guided staff members on the tour of the sprawling 110,000 square foot facility. With carpentry, welding and auto body repair in a separate building from health care, business and graphic arts, the design will be much more conducive to learning.
“The project is nearing the 70-percent completion mark with substantial completion of the entire project scheduled for June,” said Clarence Babineaux of SGB and Yates, the firm contracted by Bossier Schools to manage its 10-year construction program.
BPSTIL is comprised of three wings; a two-story classroom wing, an administrative wing and the one that will house more industrial coursework. Each is being finished in a phased approach, the administrative wing being completed first so Principal Jayda Spillers and her team can begin moving in and get ready for students.
Grass is not growing under their feet in the meantime. Spillers and Career Counselor Laura Demascal have been visiting high schools across Bossier Parish, talking to students about the classes being offered next year. Among them: law studies, graphic arts and TV production, drafting and design technology, culinary arts, outdoor power equipment and welding. The list goes on.
Spillers has been actively engaging the community as well, drumming up excitement about technical education and what BPSTIL will have to offer. She has been on a speaking circuit, addressing the Bossier City Lions Club, the Bossier Chamber of Commerce Innovation Committee and others.
Teachers are doing their part, too, visiting with community business and industry leaders to work on building advisory committees for their programs.
“As we develop our programs, it is important for us to gain input from our business and industry partners to improve our technical curricula,” Spillers said. “If we are not focusing on our business and industry needs, then we are not benefiting our students’ or community’s needs.”
Interested in working with BPSTIL in an advisory committee capacity? Members of business and industry are encouraged to contact Jayda Spillers at (318) 676-7811, extension 135. She is also more than eager to serve as speaker at your civic group or organization’s next meeting.
Expansion Project Nears for Airline High
Airline High School is one step closer to beginning the second phase of a massive expansion project approved by Bossier Parish voters as part of a 2012 bond referendum.
Several general contractors vying for the chance to take on the project met for a pre-bid conference to go over the specs. Plans call for construction of new three-story E and F wings and renovations to the administration area, lobby and art wing. A prime objective will be to reconstruct the existing library into an academic/media center.
The meeting was chaired by project architects Sutton Mitchell Beebe & Babin Architects, LLC. The bid dates were set and the target for the official opening of the bids will be at 2 p.m. February 24th. With due diligence, an official ground breaking will likely be held in March.
The completion date for all phases is scheduled for 2018. For renderings and more information about plans for Airline High School, visit http://www.bossierschools2012.com.
Here We Grow Again
New Haughton Middle School One Step Closer to Construction
It's official. The contract with Hand Construction has been signed to build the new Haughton Middle School.
Bossier School Board President Brad Bockhaus and Cayce Hand signed the documents in a signing ceremony December 18 as School Board members, Haughton Middle School administrators and others looked on. Groundbreaking will be in early 2015.
Because of the accelerated growth in Haughton, the middle school is one of the most overcrowded learning facilities in Bossier Parish. The three-story Haughton Middle School, designed for 1,500 students in sixth through eighth grades, will be located along Highway 3227 to the west of the Tuscany subdivision.
By building a new HMS, it will enable the district to turn the existing middle school into a K-5 elementary school and help alleviate overcrowding at T.L. Rodes, Platt and Princeton.
The new Haughton Middle School is anticipated to open in Fall 2016.
Kingston Elementary Construction takes off!
SGB-Yates, the BPSB Construction Program Manager has added a motorized drone to their cadre of construction observation tools. The aerial photos here were taken this week at Kingston Elementary, currently at 30% complete and scheduled to open next summer.
AIRLINE HIGH IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION
Pardon our dust. Airline High School is getting a major facelift.
When the school year ended, Phase I of construction got underway to address a growing enrollment and update the aging facility. Several restrooms have been gutted and are being refurbished and walk-in coolers are being installed in the cafeteria as well as new flooring, lighting and paint. Those renovations will be finished in time for students’ return in Fall 2014.
In addition, the auditorium is getting a new ceiling, paint, seating, lighting and stage improvements; and new outdoor dining commons are being built. Those improvements are scheduled for completion September 30. And that is just for starters.
Considered the most complicated project of the 2012 bond referendum, the $22.65 million construction project at Airline calls for a multi-phase approach which will ultimately accommodate a future population of 2,000 students.
Following the initial phase of construction, work will begin on Phase II to give Airline room to move. Construction of a new F wing, which will be three stories of classroom space, is slated. A new three-story E wing will follow.
The last phase will include renovations to the Administration wing, Media, Lobby and Art wing.
Because of earlier than expected bond sales to take advantage of lower interest rates, construction began earlier than expected, not only accelerating the project but also saving taxpayer dollars.
To see the full scope of plans at Airline High School, visit www.bossierschools2012.com.
The Planning and Construction Department would like to welcome
as our new Secretary.
Jennifer has been with Bossier Parish Schools since 1998, most recently
at Stockwell Place Elementary School.
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BREAKING GROUND AT W.T. LEWIS
As the sun beamed down on visitors Wednesday, July 10, at W.T. Lewis Elementary, Bossier Schools marked a momentous occasion; the official start of its 10-year construction and renovation program. The expansion is the result of voter support of a 2012 bond referendum.
Wielding gold shovels and wearing hard hats, a number of dignitaries and school officials turned ceremonial dirt in a groundbreaking ceremony. It marked the beginning of a project to add three four-room wings to W.T. Lewis, which is out of space because of increased student enrollment.
Lisa Burns, who was Assistant Principal when the school first opened in 2008, remarked how excited she is to be named Principal and at the helm of the school as it continues to grow. Bossier Schools Superintendent D.C. Machen added the district's growth is a clear reflection of support from the community and spoke of how blessed the parish is to have an expanding public school system.
Because W.T. Lewis classrooms are in pods, the design will entail one new addition to each of the existing pods. New student and faculty restrooms will also be included in the project. The wing additions are slated for completion in Summer 2014, in time for students to begin the 2014-15 school year.
Growth is evident throughout Bossier Parish, particularly at W.T. Lewis Elementary. This is an exciting time for Bossier Schools and we thank the community for its support. We look forward to seeing you at the ribbon cutting.
WEBSITE LAUNCHED FOR SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS
It is a busy summer for Bossier Schools. While students are enjoying sleeping in and lazy days at the swimming pool, there is a lot of activity throughout the parish as the Bossier School system moves forward with construction projects funded by the April 2012 bond referendum.
Bids are being awarded for various projects, architects and engineers are designing new facilities and electrical work will begin soon at Bossier High School and Carrie Martin Elementary. One of the first construction projects to get underway will be wing additions at W.T. Lewis Elementary School.
Three new schools are scheduled to open in Fall 2015. These include Bossier Parish School for Technology and Innovative Learning, Kingston Elementary and Haughton Middle School.
To learn more about the expansive projects slated over the next 10 years, a website has been launched by SGB Architects/Yates Construction. We encourage you to visit http://www.bossierschools2012.com to keep up with Bossier Schools' progress.
BPSB CLOSES ON TWO PROPERTIES
The end of 2012 was busy for Bossier Schools. The board closed on two additional properties; one to relieve traffic congestion and the other, for a future school site.
The Bossier School Board purchased 34 acres of land from Jepson Development on Benton Road, north of Vanceville Road. The location and amount of acreage at 4900 Benton Road makes the site suitable for a possible elementary or middle school location in the future.
Property was also purchased by the BPSB on Highway 80 in Haughton. The 24 acres adjacent to TL Rodes and Platt Elementary Schools will be used for traffic and parking improvements. Plans call for using the acreage to improve Wrangler Drive, provide an additional driveway to TL Rodes and add about 300 event parking spaces for Rodes and Platt.
The land was sold by Highway 80 Properties. Co-owner William Paul Lawrence II sold the 24-acre tract, one of the last remaining parts of a 600+ acre tract owned by the Lawrence/Wafer family, which included the land Forest Hills Subdivision now occupies.
Money for these properties came from the $210 million bond referendum approved by Bossier Parish voters in April 2012.