On Tuesday evening, March 21, the Broken Arrow Public Schools (BAPS) High School Configuration Study Steering Committee reached a consensus for a preliminary recommendation regarding the future and framework of Broken Arrow High School. As the two year research process nears its conclusion, BAPS’ high school configuration study steering committee evaluated data from community forums and a community survey last fall, as well as analyses provided on current building space and capacity, planned capital projects through the 2015 Bond, and financial forecasts.
Based on the research and data, the steering committee recently provided a preliminary recommendation for a configuration that would include two 9-12 grade high schools (currently Broken Arrow High School and Broken Arrow Freshman Academy) with STEM classroom additions at both campuses made possible by the 2015 Bond, one 9-12 grade “Options” Academy (currently Broken Arrow Academy/Broken Arrow Virtual High School), and a proposal to build a third comprehensive 9-12 grade high school on a 2027 Bond. The Steering Committee and BAPS would like to stress that this is a preliminary recommendation that will provide the community with a starting point in this discussion and to encourage continued conversation to get valuable community feedback.
Each high school will vary in size, with the current BAHS campus housing 3,250 students; the current BAFA campus housing 2,250 students; the current BAA/BAVHS campus housing 650 students; the proposed high school on the 2027 Bond housing 3,250 students. Based on the preliminary recommendation and timeline, BAPS will begin transitioning students into the second high school in 2 ½ years (fall of 2019) and will have two comprehensive 9-12 grade high schools in 4 ½ years (fall of 2021). The third 9-12 high school will open in the fall of 2031, pending the outcome of a 2027 Bond election. This configuration will honor the items within the 2015 Bond, will provide pathways for specialized learning at each high school campus, will allow BAPS to proceed with the proposed recommendation within its current bonding and building capacity, and will help support and balance the projected enrollment growth at every grade level.
Now, the district will hold two community forums on April 4 at the Freshman Academy and April 5 at Centennial Middle School to allow patrons the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback on the proposed plan. Both forums will be held at 6:30 p.m. For patrons who are unable to attend either event, the forums will be broadcast live on ArrowVision.tv.
Community members are encouraged to complete a feedback form that will allow them to provide their feedback about the preliminary recommendation proposed by the committee. The feedback form will be available until 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11.
The information from the community forums and feedback forms will be considered as the steering committee finalizes its recommendation, which will then be presented to the Board of Education in May. Part of the recommendation to the Board of Education will include the assembly of a Visioning Committee, which will determine academic and extra-curricular programming options for students at each campus. For more information and ongoing updates, please visit www.baschools.org/goba.
Again, this is a PRELIMINARY RECOMMENDATION. Community input from the online feedback form and community forums is critical, as it will provide the Steering Committee with vital and important feedback as they move toward a final recommendation in the months ahead. This is a decision that will impact the community for many years, and the Steering Committee wants to allow enough time to get feedback to help make the best decision for Broken Arrow. Thank you in advance for your participation and input.
Gatesway is partnering with Broken Arrow Public Schools and Jenks Public Schools to host the Regional Community Resource Fair for students with disabilities and their families on Thursday, March 30, from 6 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Gatesway Foundation, located at 1217 E. College St. in Broken Arrow. This longstanding event allows students and parents to learn firsthand about support programs and services offered to individuals with disabilities by universities, technology centers and community agencies.
“Whether students are entering the work force, heading to college, or will need lifelong assistance, this event will feature representatives from across the region who will discuss the academic and vocational support services offered to students with disabilities after graduation,” said Kim Schein, secondary special education coordinator at Broken Arrow Public Schools. “It is never too early to begin planning for the future.”
During this event, top professionals from high school and post-secondary education will discuss transition issues that students with disabilities may experience after graduating high school and moving into the next phase of their educational career or the workforce.
"it is imperative for students with disabilities and their parents to start early in learning about resources available to students after high school graduation," Schein said. "The Regional Community Resource Fair provides a fantastic opportunity for students and parents to visit with representatives from community agencies and post-secondary educational institutions that offer services, employment opportunities and programs to students with disabilities."
For more information or questions regarding the Regional Community Resource Fair, please contact Kim Schein at 918-259-4330. Please refer to the Regional Community Resource Fair flier for the agenda.
With more than 80 teaching positions available for various grade levels and subjects, Broken Arrow Public Schools (BAPS) is hosting a career fair for certified staff on May 16, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Central on Main Ballroom, located at 210 N. Main St.
“This job fair is a great way to expedite the introduction process between our school sites and those interested in working for Broken Arrow Public Schools,” BAPS Director of Employee Relations Adrienne Stout said. “With 28 school sites, including a new elementary school, we have various teaching positions that need to be filled for the upcoming school year.”
BAPS offers tuition reimbursement, mentorship programs with first year teachers, a community atmosphere, professional development opportunities, and leave and health benefits.
District representatives will be present to answer any questions, and online applications will be available on site. Applications can also be completed before the job fair online by visiting www.baschools.org/careers. For more information, please call the human resources department at 918-259-5704 or visit BAPS’ LinkedIn page.
Based on his academic achievements, extracurricular activities and community involvement, Broken Arrow High School senior Jacob Taylor is the recipient of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Academic All-State Award. This prestigious honor is given to the top 100 public high school seniors from 75 schools in 68 Oklahoma school districts. This year’s seniors were selected from 661 nominations statewide.
The 2017 Academic All-State class is the 31st to be chosen by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence since its establishment in 1987.
David L. Boren, chairman and founder of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, describes the selection of the scholars as “Oklahoma’s most rigorous academic competition.” To be nominated, students must meet one of the following criteria: an ACT composite score of at least 30, an SAT combined critical reading and math score of at least 1340, or selected as a semifinalist for a National Merit, National Achievement or National Hispanic Scholarship.
Each All-Stater receives a $1,000 merit-based scholarship and a medallion, and will be recognized at an upcoming awards banquet.
For more information about the Academic All-State Scholars, please visit www.ofe.org.
Broken Arrow Public Schools (BAPS) was recently honored with its fourth Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting award for exceeding the high standards for financial reporting and accountability. This prestigious accolade is presented by the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) International, an educational association that supports school business professionals who are passionate about quality education.
The district was recognized for completing the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ending 2016. This massive financial report adheres to the most rigorous federal standards set by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB).
“Our district is one of only three school districts in the state to successfully complete the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,” Broken Arrow Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Janet Dunlop said. “This report is an important tool because it shows transparency and full disclosure of the district’s financial transactions. Our financial department does a wonderful job, and this award more than proves that.”
State law mandates that school districts undergo an annual single audit and publish a complete set of financial statements presented in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted and audited in accordance with auditing standards. The primary difference between a typical audit and a CAFR is that the audit shows a single year of financial transactions, while the CAFR contains the results of the period with historical information.
“The CAFR is a culmination of the district’s financial reporting and annual audit,” BAPS Chief Financial Officer Natalie Eneff said. “The CAFR allows the community to assess the overall financial health of the district and understand where their tax dollars are spent.”
The ABSO International Certificate of Excellence award confirms the school business office’s commitment to financial responsibility. Recognition through the COE program strengthens a district’s presentation for bond issuance statements and promotes a high level of financial reporting to the community.
The CAFR report is available to any individual or organization wishing to compare the district’s financial state to other schools as well as any other business that completes a CAFR. Moving forward, district staff members will complete the report annually, continuing this new standard of excellence in financial reporting for Broken Arrow Public Schools.
For more information about the COE award, please visit ASBO’s website: www.asbointl.org/COE.