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Bartlett City Schools administrators 'back under one roof' in renovated offices

By Updated: December 01, 2018 4:00 AM CT

After five years in a small space on west end of Bartlett High, the suburban school district’s administrative offices have moved to a new location near the campus.

The move by Bartlett City Schools to 5705 Stage about a month ago was the result of expanding classrooms at the high school squeezing administrators out of the spot they occupied since the district was established in 2013. The previous office space will become classrooms under a $60 million renovation of Bartlett High.

The new office space is a two-story, 60,000-square-foot building on the south side of Stage between Shelby Street and Sycamore View. The district paid Trustmark National Bank about $1.3 million for the building, according to BCS Superintendent David Stephens.

Bartlett City Schools invested $4.5 million in the renovation. The building previously was known as Bartlett Square and had been home to smaller businesses since it was built in the mid-1970s.

Stephens said the office space on the high school campus was never intended as a long-term solution. He is excited for the administration building and the district to have space where all departments are in one spot.

“It’s amazing what they have done to this old building,” Stephens said. “It was built in the mid-'70s, and they really turned it into something that is very nice, really helps this end of the city and it helps the district fulfill our mission to make sure – as a district – we’re supporting teachers and students in our community.”

Stephens said he is glad the building was given a “new life,” adding it will still have unfinished portions for growth and future use.

“This building will serve the city and the district for the next 30 years easy,” Stephens said. “As the district grows, there’s still room for us to grow.”

Jason Sykes, communications and outreach coordinator of Bartlett City Schools, said the new building features offices for the superintendent, the teaching and learning department and student services department on the second floor, and will feature a large lobby area and community room that seats 150 on the first floor. The first-floor renovation is still underway and closed to the public, with completion expected around the first of the year, Sykes said.

“We’re all able to be back under one roof, and everyone’s connected, so that’s a big thing,” Sykes said. “It also gives us more meeting space, conference room, and gives us some place to highlight some of the technology initiatives that we’re doing.”

Sykes said the community room will be where district’s Board of Education holds its monthly meetings, which currently are at Bartlett City Hall.

“With that much space, the lobby and the community room, we can really open that up and have different meetings that are happening at the schools over here,” Sykes said. “Principals' meetings, training, seminars, things like that. We can start hosting space that will accommodate that, and we’re really excited for that possibility as well.”



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Bartlett City Schools David Stephens administrative offices Trustmark National Bank
Natalie Martin

Natalie Martin

Natalie Martin was born and raised in Memphis and graduated from the University of Memphis. She is a freelance reporter for The Daily Memphian.


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